Posted by Gayle on May 13, 1999 at 10:45:02:
In Reply to: Re: Chingachgook's Birth Game posted by Chris on May 12, 1999 at 21:49:15:
: : Cooper wrote about my home territory of Upstate New York, so I can visualize exactly where and what he's describing.
: Hi Gayle,
: Where did you grow up in Upstate NY? Do you know where Margaretville and Arkville are? That's my home territory.
I was born in Schenectady and grew up (at least for a few years) on a farm just south of there. Had cousins living on a farm NE of Albany which was originally part of the Van Rennsselaer Patent and cousins with a home on the shore of "The Horican", and relatives scattered all up and down and around Cooperland. So it is all home to me, although it's been many, many years since I've been back there, now.
Margaretville and Arkville both ring a bell, but I can't place them. Will look them up when I get home tonight.
As a purist I find it a little off-putting that most of the younger generation now thinks of North Carolina as the location of the Last of The Mohicans story, and most don't seem to even know anything about the geography of New York State where nearly all of the Cooper stories took place. But I have to admit, also as a purist, the actual locations of the stories have been so ruined by tourism and development, that North Carolina restored the beauty to the imagination. Thank goodness we still have that! I think it would be interesting to do a survey some time that asks the question "What is the historic significance of Cooperstown, New York?". Any guesses what most of the answers would be? ;0)
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