Located on the road from beautiful Cooperstown to historic Phoenix Mills, this 1800's Greek Revival house was built by Oliver Corey, who was a Fifer in the Revolutionary War. He married Hannah York, raised 4 girls and 2 boys on his working farm, taught school part time and was Superintendant of the mills. Oliver Corey was apparently a wealthy man as evidenced by the gold leaf wall paper found during renovations. He died in 1856 at the age of 91 and is buried with his wife and children in their private family plot just a short distance from the house.
Records show that the mills were started in 1815 as cotton mills and at one time employed 200 people -- the Susquehanna River being the source of power and transportation of goods. The original mill was replaced with a stonemill and wool was spun to make uniforms for the Union Army. After changing again to a cheese factory -- the machinery was sold in 1912 and the Clark Estate purchased the building using the stone to construct the original Bassett Hospital building. It is said that the stone at the Fenimore House may have come from the mill also.
The history of this hamlet, one mile outside of Cooperstown, is most interesting. Unfortunately the people who could tell us more are gone and so much has been lost.
The serenity and beauty of those times is preserved today as you drive along the winding road, through surrounding hills and the meadows of Iroqois Farms -- and into the drive to see well kept grasslands, evergreens, flowers and gardens and the enchanting Oliver Corey House.
After an exciting day of touring Cooperstown and the surrounding areas, relax and enjoy the sunset over the trees. We offer guests the charm of yesterday and the comfort of today. Come stay with us at The Oliver Corey House -- it will stay with you always. We look forward to meeting you!
The Oliver Corey House
County Highway #33
Cooperstown, New York 13326
©2008, The Oliver Corey House. Last updated 5/4/2010.