Many things are available at the Park. Some are permanent and others happen during the year or on special occasions. Below are descriptions and pictures of these activities
The Ghost Walk is held every two years year. It is held late in October before Halloween in the dark of the evening. Various historical scenes are performed by reenactors. After the walk which lasts about an hour, refreshments are provided by the Friends and Neighbors of Putnam Park in the Visitor Center. It is a free event but donations are greatly appreciated.
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. See Photo Gallery
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Every spring, the Friends and Neighbors of Putnam Park provide an educational experience for over 1000 elementary students from schools in Western Connecticut. Colonial re-enactor (cooks, potters, surgeons, musicians, soldiers, and others) demonstrate and discuss many facets of life during colonial times. Schools wishing to attend should contact Nancy Cowles at 203-797-8604 or Barbara Wyton at 203-470-5408.
Built in 1912, the museum contains exhibits and historical material including artifacts unearthed at the campsite archaeological excavations.
The building was built in 1893 as a 3 season recreation pavilion. There was an extensive restoration in 2005 and the building is now the Visitors Center where orientation and overview of the park are available.
Every two 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 and exhibits. The children participate in a muster which is always one of the highlights of the event.
Resident archaeologist Dan Cruson has led a number of digs at the park. These digs have resulted in some interesting artifacts which are in the museum. The digs have also resulted in unearthing new information about some of the areas. The area thought to be a cemetery is actually the remains of the officer’s cabin.