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6. Putnam Cottage and the Revolutionary War

To reach Putnam Cottage at the junction of Arch St. and Greenwich Ave., go straight across Greenwich Ave. to Havemmeyer La.; take a left (toward Rte. 1) on Mason St.  At the junction of Mason St. and Rte. 1 (East Putnam Ave.) turn right and follow for several miles to Putnam Cottage, a bright red 17th c.  center chimney house that was once used as a tavern and a meeting place for local Freemasons.

Known as Knapp's Tavern during the Revolutionary War, the house has a long association with General Israel Putnam and his heroic escape from the British during the Revolutionary War.  As a matter of fact, it was the military headquarters for General Putnam during the War and where he hosted General Washington and his entourage for lunch. The Revolutionary War had a great impact on Greenwich which was often placed between British and American lines, many raids took place and this once quiet community sometimes referred to as "no man's land" was under siege until the end of the war.

Today the house is open Sundays and furnished with period treasures.  It is best to call ahead.