Explore The Historic Leatherstocking Region of New York State!

Spring view of Otsego Lake
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The Leatherstocking region of Upstate NY was named for the unique leather leggings worn by frontiersmen and made famous by the work of author James Fenimore Cooper. Located just south of the Adirondacks in the central section of the state, the region is rich in history and tradition.

Museums, performing arts centers, reconstructed villages, farmsteads, folk art treasures and geological wonders are just a few of the attractions that draw thousands of visitors each year. Cooperstown, the "Village of Museums," is the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Fenimore House and The Farmers' Museum, as well as numerous specialty shops and charming restaurants. There are many natural wonders here to explore: majestic caverns, scenic waterfalls, clear lakes and rolling hills. Quiet communities (Rome, Utica and Binghamton) along country roads are havens for craft-lovers and antique-hunters from near and far. Fertile soil produces And, the Central Leatherstocking region features New York State's only casino resort, Turning Stone.

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