Putnam is located in Windham County. It is known as the retail center for neighboring communities in northeastern Connecticut.
Putnam was known as a New England mill town incorporated in 1855. The town was named in honor of Revolutionary War General Israel Putnam. Putnam was a key contributor in providing clothing and other goods to the Civil War soldiers. There were numerous mills and a train ran through the town, providing transportation for the goods being produced.
Putnam has a renowned antiques district with literally hundreds of dealers, attracting customers from Providence, Boston and even as far away as New York City. The community has implemented a restoration plan for its historic riverfront district.