GREENWICH, Conn. – The Putnam Hill Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) sponsored an annual event Sunday, Feb. 28 celebrating General Putman called “Put's Ride” at Putnam Cottage in Greenwich.
Hundreds of people gathered to experience what life was like in Greenwich during the Revolutionary War. The Fifth Connecticut Regiment conducted tactical exercises, shooting muskets and a canon to mimic the war itself. They also set up an encampment and a field surgeon to explain medical practices used during the war. Additionally, The Mary Bush Society Children of the American Revolution held a bake sale in celebration, and the historic cottage itself was open for tours.
Ladies and a few children, dressed in clothing reflective of 18th century America, demonstrated activities such as games played and conducted by children and families during the Revolutionary period.
The bright red Putnam Cottage, built around 1690, has had quite a colorful history since General Israel Putnam's heroic escape from the British during the Revolutionary War. Today, it is one of the oldest structures in Greenwich. General Putnam was housed there during the Revolution and hosted General George Washington and his troops for lunch. The original house was built for Timothy Knapp and his family and was once known as Knapp's Tavern. The Cottage is listed in The National Registry of Historic Places.
Organizers in attendance were Dorothy Darlington, regent of the Putnam Hill Chapter DAR; President of Israel Putnam House Molly Kokoruda, DAR program councilor; Sara “Sally” Bretschger, event chair; DAR members Susanna Trudeau and Maggie Wein; Wynn McDaniel, senior president of Mary Bush Society Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.); President of the Mary Bush Society C.A.R Alana Galloway; Cecilia Coleman and William Slater, C.A.R Registrar.
For over 100 years, two organizations, the DAR and The Israel Putnam House Association, have maintained the cottage with contributions. To help support the Cottage, the DAR holds two fundraisers a year, The Candle Light Open House in early December and Put’s Ride/Revolutionary Days.