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Otsego County

Otsego County is named for a Native American word meaning “place of the rock”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Oneida County, Herkimer County and Montgomery County

E – Schohaire County

S – Delaware County

W – Chenango County and Madison County


Created:  February 16, 1791                  Map of New York highlighting Otsego County

County Seat:

Cooperstown  1791 – present


County Courthouse – Cooperstown 


Location:  139 Main Street / Pine Drive

Built:  1880 – 1881

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Archimedes Russell of Syracuse

Contractor:  R S Barnes and McCabe Brothers.


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Cooperstown. The north front has an arched entrance on the first story with small pediment above. On the second story is a large arched window with peaked roof above. On the northeast side is a small brick tower with steep roof and on the southeast is a high square brick tower with open arched windows and a steep roof. The building has stone trim on the corners and above the windows.


See:  The 6th Judicial District located at 31 Lewis Street in Binghampton and includes Broome County, Chemung County, Chenango CountyCortland CountyDelaware CountyMadison CountySchuyler CountyTioga County and Tompkins County.


History:  The county was created in 1791 and Cooperstown was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse built in 1791 was a two story structure with the lower story made of logs and the upper story being wood frame. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1806 to 1807. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1840. The third courthouse was built in 1841. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1880 to 1881 at a cost of $24,995.


County Administration Building – Cooperstown 



Location:  197 Main Street / Nelson Avenue

Built:  1968 – 1969

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Myron A Jordan

Contractor:  Tomaselli Construction Company


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a two story orange colored brick and concrete structure. The main entrance is at the northwest section of the building. Along the west and east sides are vertical brick pillars on either sides of the windows. The roof line is flat.


See:  Otsego County in Michigan which is named after the county.



County Courthouse – Cooperstown 















County Administration Building – Cooperstown







Photos taken 2010