Putnam Memorial State Park

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Putnam Memorial State Park is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Redding, Connecticut that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
104 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

This was the site of the Continental Army's 1779 winter encampment under the command of General Israel Putnam. The site consists of remains of the encampment, reconstructed log buildings, and a museum. Connecticut's oldest State Park! General Israel Putnam's division of the Continental Army encamped in Redding in the winter of 1778-1779. This division was comprised of General Poor's brigade of New Hampshire troops under Brig. General Enoch Poor, a Canadian Regiment led by Col. Moses Hazen, and two brigades of Connecticut troops: 2nd Brigade Connecticut Line regiments commanded by Brig. General Jedediah Huntington, and the 1st Brigade Connecticut Line regiments commanded by Brig. General Samuel H. Parsons. This division had been operating along the Hudson (Eastern New York) during the fall, and as winter approached it was decided that it should go into winter quarters at Redding, as from this position it could support the important fortress of West Point in case of attack, intimidate the Cowboys and Skinners of Westchester County, and cover lands adjacent to Long Island Sound. Another major reason was to protect the Danbury supply depot, which had been burned by the British the year before but resurrected to keep supplies going to Washington's army. When the army broke camp, in accordance with custom, the barracks were burned, the chimneys fell in different directions which is still distinguishable in most cases, and then with time became apparently only heaps of stone. (Report 1903: 8) *Recent research indicates the barracks were not burned, wood was valuable back then. The deserted camp ground was left to its former solitude, and in the course of a few years, became overgrown with trees and a thicket of underbrush; and it was not strange, that after the passing of a few generations, even the location, or the history of the camp ground, was almost unknown. (Report 1915: 8) The movement to preserve and memorialize the site of the winter quarters of 1778-1779 in Redding began in the late 19th century. Although the details of this movement are not recorded, it is likely that the initial efforts were made by local citizens of Redding, especially Charles B. Todd, the local historian, and Aaron Treadwell, the landowner who donated the first tract of land that would become the Israel Putnam Memorial Camp Ground.

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12 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Easy walking trails with great historical markers around the loop.

1 month ago

A nice kid friendly walk. Five and four year olds found many interesting things to see.

4 months ago

Decent easy loop with the dog. Lots of foot (and paw) traffic. Little historical spots along the way keep it amusing.

5 months ago

Great open space easy walking trails, plenty of foot traffic. Great 719-337-3964hike during the fall foliage season.

6 months ago

Amazing lake and rocks . Strong presence nature and harmony whit lakes , threes, sky . History and convenience complete the walking in Putnam Park. I recommend

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6 months ago

Great place to take my young kids for a walk. The lessons they learned about the parks history as a late 1700's military encampment along the way made it perfect for some fresh air, exercise and education.

7 months ago

8 months ago

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Loved the history!

Sunday, May 01, 2016

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Easy loop trail

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

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Friday, May 22, 2015

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Monday, June 16, 2014

One of my first ventures into the outdoors, history, and hiking. There is a Youth Group camping area.
There are reenactments throughout the year. There is a museum with great info. There is a picnic area on a lake across the street from the historic area.