Established in 1887, Putnam Memorial State Park is one of the oldest public parks in Connecticut. It commemorates the site of a Revolutionary War winter encampment, one of three quartered in Redding under Major General Israel Putnam from 1778-9. Remains of the encampment are still visible today, making the park a must-see destination for anyone interested in the Revolutionary War.
The Visitor Center: Retro-fitted from the old 1893 pavilion in 2004-5, the VC is the place to go for maps, water, info, and more. Nearby is the iconic Putnam statue sculpted for the park by Anna Hyatt Huntington.
The Museum: This 1921 building, modeled after Washington’s Newburgh headquarters, hosts many artifacts found on digs here at the park. It also features antiques donated by the local community, including the tools of 18th century life.
The Loop: Walk the one-mile loop on the historic side of the park to see the remains of the Revolutionary War winter encampment that was here in 1778-9!
The Gift Shop: Located at the VC, our gift shop has books, shirts, magnets, postcards, and replica pewter for sale. Cash, card, and contactless payments all accepted.
Putnam Pond: Across Route 58, the Recreational half of the park has picnic tables and grills available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Enjoy views of Putnam Pond, and even do some pond fishing.
Youth Camp: For decades, the Youth Camping area has been a favorite local spot for scouting organizations and other youth groups. Reservations required. For more info, see the DEEP website here.