Putnam Memorial State Park

Connecticut's Valley Forge

Park Activities


Historic walking trail

Pond fishing



Visitor Center


Youth Camping

Local historian Dan Cruson with archaeology students, excavating a hut



Presenter Dr. Larry Maxwell with a group of school children, 2023

School Days

Ghost Walk

The Ghost Walk is held every other year, in odd-numbered years. It takes place after dark in late October, just in time for Halloween! Learn the spooky history of the park from local reenactors. After the walk, join the FANS for refreshments at the Visitor Center. The event is free and open to the public, though donations are greatly appreciated.
Presenter Angus MacDonald silhouetted against cannon fire

Reenactment Encampment

Every other November (on even-numbered years), the Friends and Neighbors of Putnam Park organize and fund a Revolutionary War-era re-enactment to celebrate the encampment of 1778-79. Attendees observe how colonial soldiers lived and fought through demonstrations, exhibits, and a skirmish. The children's muster is always a highlight of the event.

Winter Walk

Every year on the the first Saturday of  December, the Friends and Neighbors of Putnam Park host a Winter Walk in which an interpretive guide leads the group on a great historical and archaeological tour of the park. The walking tour is followed by a reenactment skirmish.
Soldiers at the Winter Walk in the snow