40 Lake Street, Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York
Built in 1793, for James Averell II (1763-1835)
and his wife Marcia Holt (1766-1834). Having been extended several
times over the years to its current 6,000 square feet, it is the
central portion with chimneys at either end that constitutes the
original structure. James purchased the property (a tannery) in
1792 from John Howard who in turn had acquired it from the founder
of Cooperstown, William Cooper (1754-1809) of Otsego Hall, father
of the famous author James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)....
Wlliam Cooper was the founder of Cooperstown
and the father of the famous author James Fenimore Cooper. In 1786,
funded by his success as a merchant, William Cooper bought 67,000-acres
of land in central New York that would constitute Otsego County.
By 1790, he had chosen the site on which he would lay out the county
This Vintage property sits on over two and
a quarter acres with an expansive lawn leading to 225 feet of direct
frontage on Otsego Lake. Only one block from Main Street this residence
has the largest lakeside footprint of any other private home in
the village. Featuring 6,000 square feet of living space including
a separate ground floor one bedroom suite, four bedrooms including
two en suite, ten-foot ceilings, cherry hardwood floors, a formal
parlor, a butler’s pantry and floor to ceiling sliding doors
leading to a 42 foot rear deck facing the lake.
Otsego Lake is approximately 8 miles in length
totaling over 4000 acres. From its southern edge at Council Rock
Park is the source of the Susquehanna River which flows south over
400 miles to the Chesapeake Bay. Cooperstown is best known for the
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The Glimmerglass Opera
Festival offers various musical performances. Other destinations
are the historic Hyde House, Glimmerglass State Park, The Fenimore
Art Museum and Farm Museum as well as the Leatherstocking Golf Course.
This offering presents a unique opportunity to acquire one of the
most prestigious and historic homes in America.