Putnam is approximately 52 miles northeast of Hartford, Connecticut. The town is in the northeastern part of Connecticut near the Rhode Island border. Residents can enjoy life in a small town and the amenities of one of the state's largest cities.
The Town of Putnam, originally known as Aspinock, is a New England mill town incorporated in 1855. Created from sections of Killingly, Pomfret, and Thompson, the town was named in honor of decorated Revolutionary War General Israel Putnam.
This charming New England town is conveniently located between New York and Boston on the banks of the Quinebaug River. Putnam has the honor of having been voted as one of “15 Best Small Towns to Visit in New England” by Boston Magazine. Downtown showcases restaurants, retail shops, antique shops, theatre, and radio station. The Town and the Putnam Business Association collaborate to support and host annual community events such as outdoor concerts, river fires, parades, and fireworks, just to name a few.
Recreation and Attractions
People who enjoy the outdoors can visit Natchaug State Forest approximately 16 miles away. The forest has trails for hikers, horseback riders and bicyclists. People who want to spend more than one day here can camp overnight. Hunting and fishing are permitted. Winter activities here include cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Those who like attending the theater can see plays and comedy shows at The Bradley Playhouse. Concerts and ballets are performed at The Complex Performing Arts Centre.
History lovers learn about the area's history at Roseland Cottage approximately 9 miles away in Woodstock and at the Prudence Crandall Museum approximately 20 miles away in Canterbury.
The streets of downtown Putnam are lined with antique shops, boutiques and restaurants. Town residents can buy groceries at Price Chopper and Walmart. There are department stores at the Auburn Mall approximately 24 miles away in Auburn, Massachusetts.