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Who Is The Real Natty Bumppo?

Categories: History, Legend, NYS History, People

In the second episode of series: Legends and Lore of the Empire State, A New York Minute In History explores the mystery of the inspiration for Natty Bumppo, one of the most recognizable characters from James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales series. A trip to Hoosick Falls wouldn’t be complete without a drive down Main Street. As you pass the cemetery, with row upon row of stone monuments dissected by shade trees, an interesting red and gold marker catches your eye. The title reads “Natty Bumppo.” … If you drive about 100 miles to the west to Fly Creek, you may come across another red marker with the same title, but the story itself is slightly different.