Object name: NGC6997
NGC 6997 is an open cluster inside the famous North American Nebula near the "Ohio and West Virginia border" as Sue French put it. I see it closer to the "East Coast". Its Trumpler Classification ( http://www.astrophoton.com/trumpler_class.htm ) is III2P. That means it can be separated from background stars even though it has no noticeable concentration, has a moderate range of star brightness but has less than 50 stars. WEBDA puts it at a distance of about 2000 light-years with an age of 100 million years. Others have a different distance with 2500 light-years the most recent I found. I doubt it is connected with the North American Nebula, just that they are in the same line of sight from our location. Most put the nebula further away than the cluster making it a foreground object. But with the uncertainties involved, I'm just playing the odds here.