Putnam Memorial State Park, Redding

#35 of 66 in Nature in Connecticut
State Park · Nature / Park
Putnam Memorial State Park is a state-operated historic park and public recreation area in the town of Redding, Connecticut. The state park preserves the site that Major General Israel Putnam chose as the winter encampment for his men in the winter of 1778/1779 during the American Revolutionary War. It is Connecticut's oldest state park, created in 1887 at the instigation of Redding town residents. The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
In addition to its historic features, the park's include facilities for hiking, picnicking, pond fishing, and winter sports. The park is located at the intersection of Route 107 and Route 58 and is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Over 3,000 men were sent into winter quarters spread throughout three camps in Redding. The camps were established to keep an eye on the storehouses in Danbury, Connecticut, and to protect Long Island Sound and the Hudson River Valley. Many of these men were the same who had suffered at Valley Forge the previous winter. The 2nd Canadian Regiment, or Congress' Own, under the command of Moses Hazen and the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment under the command of Enoch Poor were stationed at this location.
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  • If you are looking for a hour long pleasant walk this is for you. The museum is full of early local history(1770s not ancient). They are still finding historically interesting artifacts from...  more »
  • Start out at the visitors center, and check out the exhibits. Not huge but worth it.Then get a map and walk the path which is a loop around where the soldiers had their barracks and other buildings...  more »
  • We love to go on walks here. My 2 year old thinks it's great! It's fun to do the big loop and look at all the historic features of this park.
  • Good place for a quick picnic away from large crowd. It might not be too scenic but lots off trees cool breeze ..plenty of grilling places and ample of car parking saved our day while other places were full in long week ends.

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