AThe National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum is the Village's top attraction, along with Lake Otsego, Fenimore Art Museum, Hyde Hall, Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown Distillery, Abner Doubleday Field, Clark Sports Center, Brewery Ommegang, and Glimmerglass State Park.
ACooperstown is over 230 years old. The Village was founded in 1786 by the father of James Fenimore Cooper, the famous author who wrote The Last of the Mohicans. Cooperstown became a popular seasonal retreat around the mid-1800s thanks to its attractive lakeside setting and wooded hills. Locals believe that baseball was invented on a cow pasture in the Village by Abner Doubleday in 1839.
The village of Cooperstown is nestled on the southern end of Otsego Lake. The lake derives its name from the Mohawk or Oneida word meaning "place of the rock", referring to Council Rock, a large boulder near the lake's outlet.