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Town of Otego, whose name comes from a Native American word meaning "where there is fire," located in the southern part of Otsego County. It is located on the banks of the Susquehanna River, which flows along the south part of the town.  Otego Creek the Susquehanna River east of the eastern town line and Otsdawa Creek flows down the east side of Otego.

The area was first settled around 1775 although the Town of Otego itself wasn’t formed until 1822. The township was organized from parts of Unadilla and Franklin and initially called Huntsville.  In 1830, the name was changed to Otego when part of the Town of Milford added.

Otego has a rich history and significant historical resources. For history of the larger area, the New York State Historical Association is located in nearby Cooperstown. In addition, the Greater Oneonta Historical Society, formerly the Upper Susquehanna Historical Society, strives to preserve the heritage of the Greater Oneonta area, which includes the Town of Otego.

An important resource for local history specific to Otego is the Otego Historical Society, located at 6 River Street. The society’s website at www.otegohistoricalsociety.com offers access to many files and information.  The society meets monthly and produces a newsletter.  Its holdings include cemetery records, Otego High School yearbooks, graduation photos, Otego postcards, military photos and written oral histories and memories of Otego, among many other items.

In particular, the Otego Historical Society website offers local history written by Helen Groves, including “A History and A Remembrance of the Village of Otego”.  Currently the society is working with local citizens to update "The Bicentennial History of Otego" by Helena Northup Myers. This extensive local history, written in 1976, covered every home and business in Otego.







Wikipedia Facts about Town of Otego

General Information:
Population (2010 Census): 3,114
Land Area: 45.4 mi
Population Density: 70.11 people per square mile











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Town of Otego
3526 State Highway 7, P.O. Box 468  Otego, NY  13825
Phone (607) 988-2698
Fax (607) 988-7081