"The quiet corner of Connecticut...Putnam" Putnam by Pawtuxet
Putnam Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 27 photos
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.
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
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: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
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