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Putnam Memorial State Park Letterboxes

Putnam Memorial State Park

Junction of Rt. 58 & Rt. 107

Redding, Connecticut




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At the Main Entrance you will see a sculpture of Israel Putnam riding a horse down a flight of stairs.  You will also see two guard towers with Revolutionary War cannons in front.  This is where you should park your car.

Walk up the hill to the Monument. Be sure to read all the inscriptions, as they are very interesting.  When you have finished face the side of the monument that reads “the men of ’76 who suffered here to preserve forever their memory.  The state of Connecticut has erected this monument AD 1888”.  From this position head north and follow the road counter clockwise.

Once you are back on the road you will notice heaps of rock.  They are the only visible remains of the barracks.  The stone is from the firebacks from each log hut, which held 8-12 men.  These huts were burnt down when the troops left so that their enemy could not use them.

Almost at the end of the firebacks you will see to the right an entrance to the museum.  Shortly after the first entrance you will find a second entrance on the right.  This leads to the museum and the North entrance of the park.  Directly across from the second museum entrance on the left you will find the Site of Officers Quarters.  All that remains is a stone chimney.  It is here that you will find the Putnam Memorial State Park Letterbox #1.

With your back to the chimney of the officer’s quarter take the reading of 300 NW.  Walk fourteen steps in that direction to a large oak tree with moss at its base.  Facing the great oak turn North.  Walk eighteen steps in this direction to an oak that has been hollowed out at its base.  The Putnam Memorial State Park Letterbox #1 is hidden under some rocks to the North side of the tree.  Once you have stamped in, rehide the box and proceed back to the road. 

Continue heading counter clockwise around the circle.  As the road bends to the left you will notice sites #3 & #4 to your right and left respectively.  To the right (site #3) you will see the Magazine; the site of a structure built by the soldiers to store gunpowder.  To the left (site #4) is Phillip’s Cave.  Please observe the sign, which reads, “These Rocks Are Dangerous … DO NOT CLIMB”.  There are no letterboxes hidden in the caves but feel free to explore for a while.

When you have finished exploring Phillip’s Cave proceed up the hill to site #5, which is the Site of Officers Quarters.  As you proceed southward and up the hill to your right is a large outcropping of rock.  It is here that you will find Putnam Memorial State Park Letterbox #2.

Head behind the outcropping and face towards the road.  At the far left side of the boulders a stone wall connects.  Here you will find a medium size boulder that is pinned in place between the outcropping and a rotting tree trunk.  The Putnam Memorial State Park Letterbox #2 is hidden underneath this rock and is blocked from view by two slabs of black rock with white stripes running down the center.  Please move the rocks carefully as this is a historic site and should be preserved as best as possible.  When you have finished stamping return the box to it’s hiding place making sure it is carefully hidden and head back to the road.

Continue to head south along the road.  You will pass Barlow Circle on the left.  This circle is named for Joel Barlow of Redding who was a poet and statesman.  Later along the road you will come across the Oven Foundation were bread was baked for the troops.

After the second stretch of road lined by a rock wall you will come across a second monument on your left.  This monument was dedicated to the men who died in Putnam’s Camp.  The monument reads, “In memory of the unknown heroes buried here.”

As you continue on the road you come to the entrance of the Youth Group Camping Area (by permit only).  Follow the road into the Youth Group Camping Area.  As you continue up the hill you will come to a flag pole.  Here you will find Putnam Memorial State Park Letterbox #3.

Facing the flag pole, take a bearing of 300 degrees.  Behind the underbrush is a rock wall.  The Putnam Memorial State Park Letterbox #3 is hidden in the rock wall.  The spot can be seen from behind the wall and is hidden by a pink and gray rock amongst black and white boulders.

Take the box to the open hill.  Stamp in and enjoy Putnam’s Camp by Charles Ives just as it was intended.  When you have finished, return the box to its hiding place.  Leave the Youth Group Camping Area and continue down the hill to your car.

When you have completed the Putnam Memorial State Park Letterboxes please email me about your letterboxing experience at …


Logged Visits:

February 2, 2002 by

February 6, 2002 by

I stamped in at these today. Nice stamps, easy clues, very good for children, so I'll be taking mine back there so that they can stamp in. The towers and remains of the encampment were positively medieval--reminded me of Europe. Just shows how much closer thery were to the Middle Ages in 1778 than to the modern world, at least in accommodations.  The first people to stamp in left the bags half open, but since the weather's been dry, the contents weren't damaged. I closed them up carefully and also spread some leaves around artistically so that box corners wouldn't show.

Good job. Keep boxing!
Nancy R. Woodington