Putnam has been called Connecticut’s best-kept secret, the antiques capital of the east, and the heart of the Quiet Corner.
Here, the River Mills Heritage Trail winds along the Quinebaug River past six of the historic textile mills that were Putnam’s claim to fame in the 1800s. Enjoy beautiful river views, pass through woods, tread over bridges, and read historic plaques along the path.
In a downtown reminiscent of Mayberry, you can browse handmade pottery and art. Enthusiasts say Putnam rivals Connecticut’s best antiques destinations in Woodbury and Collinsville, offering over a dozen shops in a four-block area along Main Street, in old factory buildings, a former courthouse and what was once a Montgomery Ward department store.
New England Travel Magazine called Putnam one of “New England's Best Small Towns” but its charm extends well beyond the town’s geographical limits. In the surrounding area are picturesque farms, tranquil lakes, and extensive parks with trails just waiting to be explored.
“riverside in one of New England's best small towns”
held Saturday June 2-October 27
10:00 am-1:00 PM
IN THE AREA