Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, NY

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Welcome back to Life As I See It for another installment of adventures where I am searching to collect moments, not things.  Today join me on a tour of a simply fabulous "step back in time" at Cooperstown's Farmers' Museum - yet another gem of New York State!  Less than two hours from the Capital District down the scenic Route 20, Cooperstown sits nestled among rolling hills along the shores of Otsego Lake, or as James Fenimore Cooper nicknamed it - Glimmerglass Lake.



For many, Cooperstown denotes baseball because one of the most well known attractions there is the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Although not a baseball fan myself, I have visited this 'shrine' in the past because my third cousin, Leo Durocher, was an inductee in the Hall of Fame several years ago.  

 Don't forget...you can click on any photo to be taken to a slide show format for viewing the photos as larger images.

Cooperstown is also the home of the Glimmerglass Opera, the Fenimore Art Museum, and the Otesaga Resort Hotel, just to name a few.  Like most of our destinations, I need more than one blog entry to include all the treasures we found and today I begin our Cooperstown excursion with the Farmers' Museum.  Sit back, relax and come with me back to one of the oldest rural life museums in history.

The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a working farmstead, a recreated historic village, the Empire State Carousel, and a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, The museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. Its collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, hand planes to plows. - See more at: http://www.farmersmuseum.org/farmers/visit/experience#sthash.yTVLS6TA.dpuf
The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a working farmstead, a recreated historic village, the Empire State Carousel, and a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, The museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. Its collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, hand planes to plows. - See more at: http://www.farmersmuseum.org/farmers/visit/experience#sthash.yTVLS6TA.dpuf

The Farmers' Museum consists of 120 acres overlooking Otsego Lake.  Its land has been part of a working farm since the 1790's.  A local lawyer, Samuel Nelson, purchased the farm in 1829 and named it the Fenimore Farm.  In 1870, Edward Severin Clark purchased the farm and in 1918 he built a modern, fully equipped complex for his pride heard of cattle.  The barn, creamery and herdsman cottage are still standing today.  These were designed by architect Frank Whitting and were constructed of local stone.  Twenty five historic buildings have been moved to the site to recreate an early village and farmstead.





The 1840's village features 19th century buildings and interpreters dressed in period clothing.  As you wander the grounds and buildings, you get a real sense of what life was like back then - both from listening to the interpreters stories and by watching demonstrations.....of spinners, printmakers, blacksmiths, farmers, etc...   You'll see typical farm animals including chickens, goats, turkeys, cows, and sheep.  You can even visit a a one-room schoolhouse, a hop house, a church and a general store.


What I loved about this historic little village is that each historic building that was dismantled, transported and planted here sits in a way that seems completely original and natural.  As you walk through the village, you would never imagine that it wasn't always just like this.   As much as I enjoy all of today's modern conveniences, I think I could have been happy living this 'simple' life where everything you needed and everyone you knew were contained in this little piece of heaven.  Well, maybe I'd miss the internet.

Todd's General Store
Inside the General Store - where you can actually buy things from the time period.
Field Blacksmith Shop











  Print Shop for the Otsego Herald




Dr. Jackson's Office.  Building to the left is 
Dr. Thrall's Pharmacy


Otsego Herald Printing Office
 

Creamery and Staff Offices










The
Turkey 
House







The Lippitt Farmstead

Cornwallville Church


Bump Tavern



The Westcott Shop

Filer's Schoolhouse








 

There's even a carousel filled with 25 hand-carved animals representing agricultural and natural resources of NYS.  That will be featured in a post of its own.

This is definitely one to add to your list.  It's close to home and the trip there is through the most beautiful countryside.  Most buildings have handicapped access and it's not so large that you have to be an athlete to see it all, plus there are benches throughout.  The museum is open from April - October.  Hours and days vary before May 11, but from May 11-Columbus Day it is open everyday from 10:00-5:00.  Admission is $12.00 for adults, $10.50 for seniors over 65, kids 7-12 are $6.00 and under 7 are free.  We actually visited their website where we were able to print a $2.00 off discount per ticket.  Even  without the discount, this price is definitely a value. And to make it a better value, you can buy two-way tickets and see the Farmers' Museum and the Baseball Hall of Fame or the Fenimore Art Museum.  Check it out using the link below!

And come back soon for blog posts on the Empire State Carousel, The Otesaga Resort Hotel and a special Windows at the Farm!  Thanks for joining me and come back soon!


The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a working farmstead, a recreated historic village, the Empire State Carousel, and a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, The museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. Its collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, hand planes to plows. - See more at: http://www.farmersmuseum.org/farmers/visit/experience#sthash.yTVLS6TA.dpuf
The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a working farmstead, a recreated historic village, the Empire State Carousel, and a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, The museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. Its collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, hand planes to plows. - See more at: http://www.farmersmuseum.org/farmers/visit/experience#sthash.yTVLS6TA.dpuf

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