Putnam Memorial State Park, Redding

#24 of 29 in Nature in Connecticut
Putnam Memorial State Park is the oldest state park in Connecticut. It is named for Major General Israel Putnam, who chose the site that is now the park as the winter encampment for his men during the winter of 1778/1779, during the American Revolutionary War. The former encampment and park is located at the intersection of Route 107 and Route 58 in Redding, Connecticut, in the United States of America. It was established in 1887 by Redding resident Charles Burr Todd.HistoryOver 3000 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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  • I love the new visitor center, it is clean and a great place to start any tours that maybe running. You can also walk from the center to the park across the street and enjoy the lake and picnic spots ...  more »
  • Putnam Park was a staple of my life growing up in Redding. My parents took me there for picnics and to go fishing. The historical part was lost on me until I became a lot older, but going back there n...  more »
  • Encampment s still visible with firebacks remaining from the winter of 1778. Information center and guided tours. Enactment of war featured once a year. Bronze statue of General Putnam on his horse at...  more »
  • Right before you walk in grab a self guided tour map. And go in. Its not a huge park but its very nice and relaxing.
  • Nice setting, there is a really big loop for joggers/runners/walkers.
  • Stop in and speak with T.G. You'll hear some great interesting facts about the area. Totally worth the stop!
  • Nice historic park for walking and scenery
  • Beautiful park.

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