Although the old Cooper family mansion was torn down long ago, Cooperstown still contains about 20 buildings that date back to James Fenimore’s time. Most closely associated with Cooper is Christ Church (69 Fair Street, 607/547-9555), consecrated in 1810 on land donated by his father. In Cooper’s fiction the church appears as “New St. Paul’s”; the Cooper family plot is located in the cemetery behind the church.
For more Cooper-related sites, pick up a copy of Cooper’s Otsego County by Hugh Cooke MacDougall (New York State Historical Society, 607/547-1400, www.nysha.org).
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