Explore Otsego County, NY

“With over 27,000 acres designated as historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places (and over 9,000 acres designated National Register-eligible) —more than any other county in New York State—Otsego County attracts history buffs and want-to-be time travelers of all ages.” – This is Cooperstown

Otsego County was one of three early counties split off from Montgomery (the other two being Herkimer and Tioga) after the American Revolutionary War. Otsego County was officially established on February 16, 1791, with Cooperstown as its county seat, although at the time the village of Cherry Valley was much larger. The original county consisted of three large townships:

  • Cherry Valley in the northeast,
  • Otsego in the northwest, and
  • Harpersfield in the south.


Otsego County Quick Facts

Founded in 1791
County seat: Cooperstown
Largest city: Oneonta


  • Total: 1,016 sq mi (2,630 km2)
  • Land: 1,002 sq mi (2,600 km2)
  • Water: 14 sq mi (40 km2)  1.4%

Population as of the 2010 census was 62,259.

Explore Otsego County

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  • Government

    The Board of Representatives primary role is to pass local laws or resolutions as provided for in County Law and the Municipal Home Rule Law.

  • Frequently asked questions

    Visit the county’s “I want to…”  page for frequently asked questions regarding government services and agencies.

  • Colleges and adult higher education

    • SUNY Oneonta nurtures a community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully.
    • Hartwick College is an engaged community, integrates a liberal arts education with experiential learning to inspire curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, personal courage and an enduring passion for learning.
    • Otsego Area BOCES has solutions for you with an Adult Education Program that will set you on a path to a new career and a fresh start or help you build on what you may have already begun.
  • The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce

    The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a vibrant and active organization. We continually strive to evolve and adapt to the changing needs of the business community as it grows and prospers.

  • Voting information

    The Otsego County Board of Elections page is the perfect starting point for Otsego County voters. Here you’ll have easy access to a number of links that guide you through voter registration, polling places, absentee voting, running for office, the Voter’s Bill of Rights, and so much more.

    Just looking for documents and forms? Go here.

    Take a look at a comprehensive NYS voting resource where you can find out who your elected officials are and even track legislation.

  • Otsego County Tourism

    Explore all of Otsego County’s towns and villages and journey to unique discoveries in Cooperstown and beyond.

    Insider Tip! The Cooperstown/Oneonta HUB app is a great source for all local information including Restaurant Menus, Transportation, Events, Shopping and more- Download the free app here. (cooperstownHUB.com)

Historic Otsego County

Glimmerglass Historic District

Memorialized by acclaimed novelist James Fenimore Cooper, “Glimmerglass” is defined by layers of overlapping historic features – representing a span of over two hundred years. Its clearly defined landscape reflects historic land use patterns including hunting grounds and toolmaking areas, and served as the setting for Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales.

Gilbertsville Historic District

Greek Revival, Tudor, and Victorian buildings dating from the 19th century, small parks and many trees, and a lack of modern intrusions – make this one of the most beautiful and historically intact villages in Otsego County.

Fly Creek Historic District

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006, the Fly Creek Historic District illustrates how small, family-owned, water-powered mills formed clusters at road crossings. Most of its buildings reflect the antebellum era of growth; and in general, the hamlet retains the feel of a mid-nineteenth century village.

Lindesay Patent Historic District

Lindesay Patent Historic District, with the village of Cherry Valley at its center, reflects the area’s pre-revolutionary and revolutionary war history—including the Cherry Valley Massacre. Settlement in the Lindesay Patent began in 1740 –and was one of the first permanent European settlements on the Allegheny Plateau. Today, the landscape remains predominantly agricultural, with working lowland farms illustrating the local agricultural traditions.

Other Historic Districts in Otsego County, NY:

Cherry Valley Historic District
Hartwick Hamlet Historic District 
Middlefield Hamlet Historic District
Village of Morris Historic District 
Oneonta Downtown Historic District 
Walnut Street (Oneonta) Historic District
Richfield Springs Historic Districts 
Roseboom Hamlet Historic District
South Worcester Historic District 
Unadilla Historic District
Worcester Historic District

(Source: “History Lives on, in Otsego County” https://www.thisiscooperstown.com/blog/history-lives-on-in-otsego-county)