Chapter Overview 

Many people do not realize where our Chapter gets its name or the meaning behind it.  The label Central Leatherstocking Region came from 19th-century author James Fenimore Cooper’s famous “Leatherstocking Tales,” which provided accounts of life in the frontier of Upstate New York.

The Central New York Region (formerly the Central-Leatherstocking Region, also known as Leatherstocking Country) is a term used by the New York State Department of Economic Development to broadly describe the central region of upstate New York State for tourism purposes. The region includes Oneida, Madison, Otsego, Broome, Chenango, Montgomery and Schoharie counties.


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