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Blast from the Past: Best Cooperstown History Tour Stops

Posted by: Cooperstown Getaway
01 Oct
Blast from the Past: Best Cooperstown History Tour Stops
Visitors looking to fill their itinerary with historical stops have plenty of sites to choose from in Cooperstown. Founded in 1786 by William Cooper, father of author James Fenimore Cooper, there's a rich history in our quaint village, from agriculture to our unique place in sports history. Read on for our list of top places to stop for history lovers:

Step Back in Time
The Farmers' Museum is the perfect place to get the whole family interested in history. While enjoying a ride on the Empire State Carousel be sure to take in all of the hand-carved tributes to our state's history. Check out Brew: New York's Craft Beer Revival for a deeper look at the history of hops farming and brewing in our area, open until October 31. If you're looking to impress with your hops knowledge, visit the museum during one of their Hops Talks, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until the exhibit closes-at 11:00 am.

Epic Exhibitions
History at an art museum? Yes! The Fenimore Art Museum has an outstanding collection of American history paintings (along with landscape and genre paintings). In addition, through December 31, visitors can discover more about Alexander Hamilton's final days before his fateful duel with Aaron Burr in the exhibit Hamilton's Final Act: Enemies and Allies. Original documents on view include letters, drafts of correspondence and reports pertaining to this historic and tragic event.

Legends of the Game
Baseball holds a special place in our culture, the sport often intersecting with important historical events. At the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, permanent exhibits like Pride and Passion: The African- American Baseball Experience and Diamond Dreams: Women in Baseball, visitors see how baseball shaped larger conversations about civil rights and women's rights. Of course, no trip to the Hall of Fame is complete without a walk through the Plaque Gallery, where the history of the game's greatest players are on display. For true fans of the game, be sure to take a walk down Main Street to Doubleday Field which has its own unique place in history.

A Walk in the Park
Beside the Hall of Fame is Cooper Park, a lovely spot for a walk after you get your fix of all things baseball. In the center of the park is a statue of James Fenimore Cooper, the famous American author and son of founder William Cooper. Located across the street from Cooper Park is Cooper's burial site in the Christ Church cemetery. A short walk from there is the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, you'll find three historical markers, commemorating visits from important historical figures Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, as well as a marker noting its status as the oldest church in Cooperstown.

Of course, your getaway wouldn't be complete without a stay at The Otesaga. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, guests will enjoy the elegance and gracious hospitality that has been its trademark since opening in 1909. An epic getaway awaits in Cooperstown, one that history lovers can fill with fascinating exhibits and interesting facts.
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