About Landmark Inn
A History of the Inn
Take a Step Back in Time
Situated on the largest village lot drafted by William Cooper (founder of Cooperstown and father of James Fenimore Cooper, novelist) this private residence built by J.P. Sill in 1856 was known as “The Maples” for the many newly planted maple trees that lined the circular drive. Today those trees are nearing 160 years old.
They are stately and towering and tell their own stories about the days the cabriolets pulled up to the hitching post and carriage steps located on the Inn’s north side. They tell of summertime gatherings in the magnificent formal Victorian garden located on the back lawn.
And if you listen carefully, they tell of benevolence, and how each May, the Sills would host the children from the local orphanage for a day of family, food, fun, and stories.