Come join us for our Spring Campout on March 14-15 at Connecticut’s OLDEST State Park: Putnam Park in Redding!
This park has tons of history:
The state park preserves the site that Major General Israel Putnam chose as the winter encampment for his men in the winter of 1778/1779 during the American Revolutionary War.
There are numerous firebacks, which are the remains of the enlisted soldiers’ chimneys, as well as reconstructed replicas of the guard house and an officers’ quarters.
A 40-foot-tall monument commemorates the commanding officers and men who were stationed there.
Natural features found in the park include the rock shelter called Philip’s Cave and large glacial erratics.
The Visitor Center features informational kiosks about Putnam’s life, the encampment, and the park’s history. The building was reconstructed in 2005, using much of the material from the original pavilion structure erected in 1893.
The museum displays artifacts found at the park as well as donated items. The exhibits demonstrate colonial life and honor the men who were stationed there.
No camping experience needed! Dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday will be provided.
Sleeping overnight is always optional. Come for the day!
Latrines will be available.
We suggest arriving a 2pm to get camp setup. Feel free to arrive earlier if you would like to visit the museum or visitor center.
Opening ceremony will occur at 3pm.
Tickets are only required if you will be eating with us.
11:00 – Visitor Center and Museum open (if you would like to go on your own)
2:00 – Setup Camp
3:00 – Flag Ceremony(official campout start, Class A uniform)
3:30 – Guided Hiking Tour of Historic Sites
4:30 – Den Activities
5:30 – Dinner
Dusk – Fireside Activities
9:30 – Lights Out
Sunday departure at your leisure; breakfast is provided.