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Hannah-Lee House

The Hannah-Lee House was built following a generous donation made by Mrs. Hannah-Lee Stokes, and serves as a home away from home for patients or families with a loved one receiving care at Bassett Medical Center.
Call (607) 547-3355 for reservations



Fernleigh Drive
Cooperstown, NY 13326

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Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours

The Hannah-Lee House, which offers both comfort and privacy, is located on the corner of Fernleigh Drive and Mill Street in the Village of Cooperstown; just minutes from Bassett Medical Center, the Bassett Clinic, and the Louis Busch Hager Cancer Center, which houses the Bassett Cancer Institute. Transportation to the hospital is provided. We are pleased to provide these accommodations as part of our commitment to total service for patients and their families.

Financial assistance is available through the Cancer Institute, if qualified. 

Comfortable, Handicap Accessible Home

The Hannah-Lee House looks and feels just like home with a common living room, dining room, and kitchen. All the rooms are on one floor, and the entire house is handicap accessible. In the living room, French doors open to a large porch where you can relax with other guests. Or, you may prefer the privacy of the two sunny sitting areas at the end of each hall. Each of the six bedrooms in the Hannah-Lee House accommodates two people. Four of the rooms are furnished with two twin beds, while the other two rooms offer double beds. Each room has a television, a telephone, and a private bathroom. The kitchen is available for your use at any time of the day or night to prepare your meals. Please be courteous of other guests' needs in these shared areas.

Room Reservations at Hannah-Lee House

All room reservations for the Hannah-Lee House can be made by calling the Bassett Admitting Office at (607) 0547-3355. Rooms are available for a cost of $60 per night per room. Patients with active Medicaid coverage will be charged $30 per night per room. Reservations should be made as soon as you know you will be visiting Bassett Medical Center. Patients are given priority in room reservations and room use/occupation. Family members are welcome to stay in as many rooms as necessary in the Hannah-Lee House. However, if another patient needs a room, family members not sharing a room with a patient will be asked to find alternate accommodations.

Check In

Please check in at the admitting/reception desk in the lobby of the Department of Emergency and Trauma Services within Bassett Medical Center.

Parking & Transportation

Parking is available for you in the lot in front of the Hannah-Lee House. For your convenience, Bassett provides daily transportation from the Hannah-Lee House to Bassett Medical Center, the Bassett Clinic, and the Louis Busch Hager Cancer Center.

Important Phone Numbers

Download / print the important phone numbers for Hannah-Lee House Residents. Within the Hannah-Lee House, dial the number listed under “From Inside.” Outside the Hannah-Lee House, you must use the full phone number listed under “From Outside.”

Mrs. Hannah-Lee Stokes

"The creation of this facility is something I have dreamed about for many years. My whole heart has been in this project from the very moment I first thought about it. This service is so necessary and I am just thrilled to be able to help provide it for Bassett patients and their families." - Hannah-Lee Stokes

The opening of the Hannah-Lee House marked the fulfillment of a dream for Mrs. Hannah-Lee Stokes. In the summer of 1994, she contributed $600,000 to the Friends of Bassett to make the Hannah-Lee House a reality.

She was born Hannah-Lee Sherman, the grand-niece of noted Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman. Although she came from a family of wealth, she decided she wanted to work. Beautiful and strong-willed, Hannah-Lee was whisked away from a job in the circulation department of Vogue magazine to grace its pages as a model. Later, she would be seen in magazines and on billboards throughout the country not only as "Miss Chesterfield," but also as one of the most prominent models of her day, advertising products for a number of different companies.

Hannah-Lee was first introduced to Cooperstown through her husband, the late New York State Senator Walter W. Stokes. Senator Stokes was Chairman of the Senate's Conservation Commission and is remembered for his role in promoting conservation legislation. They divided their time between homes in Cooperstown, Albany, and New York City, but settled in Cooperstown after Senator Stokes retired. Mrs. Stokes, who died in 2001, was an ardent supporter of many area organizations, including the Friends of the Library, the Cooperstown Art Association, Hartwick College, and the Glimmerglass Opera.