"The quiet corner of Connecticut...Putnam" Putnam by Pawtuxet

Putnam Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 27 photos

Antique lovers dream.... INTERESTING EATERIES

JUST MADE ANOTHER PASS THROUGH PUTNAM AND NOTICED LOTS OF CHANGES. SEVERAL NEW EATERIES...LOTS OF ACTIVITY. FEWER ANTIQUE SHOPS AS THE RESTAURANTS MULTIPLY. VERY PLEASANT SPOT. FREE PUBLIC PARKING AND REST ROOMS.
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Known as the heart of the "quiet corner" of Connecticut, Putnam was incorporated in 1855, named in honor of General Israel Putnam of Revolutionary War fame.
One of the first cotton mills in the country was built along the river in 1806. With the availability of waterpower and the opening of the railroad in 1840, textile industries flourished. There are still six mill buildings remaining, although manufacturing has left the northeast United States.
After the mill district was ravaged by the flood of 1955, the Industrial area of Putnam was rebuilt. The story goes that some creative folks from NYC wandered through and decided to turn the town into an antique mecca. There are now dozens of antique shops lining the streets of the main intersection. You can find anything from rusted old junk, to bright 20's kitchen sets....to some dynamite mission furniture. It's worth a visit if you are into antiques.
Several other initiatives have gotten underway to enliven the town, including a self guided walking trail and some interesting eateries.
It's a good day trip from Providence, Boston, or Worcester.

What sort of treasure will you find?

Do you need a guy on horseback? Maybe an old lamp... some flow blue? Maybe a good lunch along the way....

THIS ANTIQUE CO-OP HAS ABOUT THE BEST COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL MISSION FURNITURE AROUND. PRICES ARE REASONABLE. THREE FLOORS OF SHOPPING. SO MUCH TO EXPLORE

Stop at Rudy's nearby in Brooklyn

Rudy's is what I refer to as a "bone yard". If you are into restoration, you have to have a resource for wide boards, old hardware, doors and windows from various eras, andirons, mill wheels, cobblestones, and more. Check with Rudy.... he'll have it.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:lots of antiques...beautiful drive in and out...IDEAL FOR FOOD-IES
  • Cons:SMALL TOWN SO EATING AND ANTIQUEING IS ABOUT IT
  • In a nutshell:Go to Putnam for a day of poking in antique shops
  • Last visit to Putnam: Sep 2012
  • Intro Updated Sep 3, 2012
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  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Oh how I do love waterfalls = big & small

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2009 at 5:53 AM

    It's an interesting place to explore and to meet Rudy....

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Putnam looks really pretty in your pictures. The waterfall is lovely! My friend's wife in England is very much into antiques buying so she would enjoy it there.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2008 at 9:23 AM

    The waterfall with the coloured leaves looks gorgeous.

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:57 AM

    Maybe the liquor licence for the train station - presumably there are no churches within the requisite distance. :) Then you could have a few quiet drinks till the next train stops ... and if not...

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    The train station would make an interesting cafe--I vote for that!! I'm glad Putnam values its landmark buildings....

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Oh, I hope that because great buildings are for sale that Putnam is not in any distress as a lovely historical place. Great little page, Janet.

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