You may be familiar with many parks in the Bethel, Danbury, Redding, and Newtown areas, but are you familiar with the history behind them? Here are a few fun facts worth sharing with your family as you venture out to these pleasant parks that are open to the public daily:
Putnam Memorial State Park- Famously known as “Connecticut’s Valley Forge” or Connecticut’s Oldest State Park, Putnam Park is located in Redding/Bethel, CT. The park is named after General Israel Putnam, whose division of the Continental Army encamped in Redding in the winter of 1778-79. Movements to preserve this honorable site were made by local Redding civilians in the late 19th century and Aaron Treadwell who donated the first tract of land that would become Putnam Park. Today at the park, you can enjoy the Camp Guardhouse, “Putnam’s Escape at Horseneck” bronze statue, museum, Officers Headquarters, Philips Cave, and various reenactments and activities on several occasions.
Tarrywile Mansion and Park- Located right on the Bethel/Danbury border, Tarrywile Mansion and Park is a beautiful setting that is perfect for hiking, picnicking, and simply enjoying nature. Tarrywile Mansion was the home of C.D. Parks and his family for seventy-five years; throughout those years, it was a place where many jubilant family events and activities occurred. It is a three story mansion with a beautiful garden, gazebo, and butterfly flower walkway with a “Troll House” that would make any child laugh located in the front. In addition, many treasures can be found while exploring the grounds; the remnants of an old, forbidden stone castle lay dormant up on a wooded hill, a serene lake flows between the forest after a mile hike, and more. This park can be rented for weddings and other formal parties and events, and is the perfect spot for prom or other event pictures.
Photo Credit: Putnam Memorial State Park by CT.gov, Castle at Tarrywile by Friends of Tarrywile Park, Huntington State Park by CT.gov