Cooperstown Crier - Your Source for Hometown News - Cooperstown, Baseball Hall of Fame


May 1, 2014

Lecture tells history of Burlington

Members of the Fly Creek Historical Society heard about the history of nearby town Burlington on April 23 at the Grange Hall in Fly Creek. 

Richard Graham, the co-historian for the town, spoke and shared pictures and information about the origins of the area. 

The presentation itself answered many questions about Burlington’s origins. Graham started out as an amateur historian but eventually put enough resources together to head up the historical division of Burlington.

According to Graham, after fires burned the town records, interest in the past developed during the 1950s. But, by the 70s, the effort fell apart when Harold Kringle, who started the society, died. Introducing his presentation, Graham stressed the importance of local history.

“Everybody has a lot of interest in their hometown history” said Graham.

He went further, describing the settling of Burlington. The area was a hunting ground for the Iroquois. There was no proof of settlements but there were artifacts found that supported this theory, Graham said. The excavated items suggested 20 to 30 Native Americans used the land to camp and hunt.

The facts suggest the Native Americans stopped coming to the area in 1835, but the reason is not clear. There was a wedding between Native Americans in the Indian Union Church, which is no longer standing. The church stood across from the Baptist Church. Graham mentioned newspaper articles at the time stated that the “Indians” were much more behaved than their white counterparts.

Burlington North was settled by William Cooper. He brought Richard Smith, a friend, to join him. Smith was from Burlington, N.J.. which was named for Burlington, England, where Smith’s ancestors originated.

Eventually, from these beginnings three different villages emerged; West Burlington, Burlington Flats and Burlington Green.

“These villages have an identity of their own, and the townspeople have loyalty to their villages,” said Graham, while showing pictures of old homesteads and farms.

Text Only
  • coop061914crowdpic HOF celebrates 75th anniversary Stephen Clark had plenty of good reasons to found the National Baseball Hall of Fame, then called the National Baseball Museum, in 1939 in Cooperstown.

    June 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sauquoit ends season for C'town softball Cooperstown's softball season ended in the blink of an eye Saturday.

    May 29, 2014

  • coop052914trainpic Big crowd honors veterans in Coop Memorial parade Hundreds gathered Monday to honor veterans at the Cooperstown Memorial Day Parade.

    May 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • State sets $135 million minimum bid on casino The minimum capital investment to open a casino in a region stretching from Schoharie County to Saratoga County was set Monday at $135 million by the state Gaming Facility Location Board.

    May 15, 2014

  • Talking Opera adds outreach to Glimmerglass The Glimmerglass Opera Guild will be offering a 13th season of Talking Opera, a free series of educational presentations presented annually by the guild, beginning May 12.

    May 1, 2014

  • Lecture tells history of Burlington Members of the Fly Creek Historical Society heard about the history of nearby town Burlington Flats on April 23 at the Grange Hall in Fly Creek.

    May 1, 2014

  • Jean E. Olin VENICE, Fla. -- Jean E. Olin, 81, of Venice, Fla., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 14, 2014. She was surrounded by her loving family.

    April 17, 2014

  • Closing means more travel for patients, relatives The pending closure of Bassett Medical Center's inpatient psychiatric unit will mean more travel not only for patients but also for relatives, according to NAMI of Otsego County.

    April 10, 2014

  • coop032714otennantpic Cal Tennant SCHENEVUS -- Callie (Cal) D. Tennant, of Schenevus, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away after a long, courageous struggle with diabetes, and died as a result of complications related to that disease Thursday evening, March 20, 2014, at his home. He was 38.

    March 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • TDS032514 ART -- For Baseball Hall JUMP (13) [Duplicate] Maddux, Cox stick together COOPERSTOWN -- If you didn't know any better Monday, the presence of Greg Maddux and Bobby Cox at the Baseball Hall of Fame wouldn't have raised an eyebrow.

    March 27, 2014 3 Photos