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Cooperstown, New York




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Country United States
State New York
County Otsego
Area
 • Total 1.6 sq mi (4.1 km2)
 • Land 1.5 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation
1,227 ft (374 m)
Population
 (2000)
 • Total 2,032
 • Density 1,317.5/sq mi (508.7/km2)

Cooperstown is a village in Otsego County, New York. It is located in the Town of Otsego. The population was estimated to be 1,852 at the 2010 census. The Village of Cooperstown is the county seat of Otsego County. Most of the village lies inside the Town of Otsego, but part lies in the Town of Middlefield. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, The Farmers' Museum, The Fenimore Art Museum, Glimmerglass Opera, and the New York State Historical Association are in Cooperstown.

The Village of Cooperstown was established in 1786. It was laid out by surveyor William Ellison. The village was established while still part of Montgomery County. It was incorporated (as the "Village of Otsego") on April 3, 1807. The name was legally changed to "Village of Cooperstown" in 1812. Samuel F.B. Morse, Thurlow Weed, John A. Dix, Abner Doubleday, and Samuel Nelson had summer homes in Cooperstown. Author James Fenimore Cooper grew up in Cooperstown. He returned there in his later years to live in his ancestral home Otsego Hall.

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