The town of Putman is located in Windham County, in the northeast part of the state, near the Rhode Island border. The town got its name after General Israel Putnam, Connecticut’s hero of the Revolutionary War. Local economic growth started in the 1700s due to the town's location on the river of Quinebaug. Small grist and sawmills shortly became large enterprises. Today Putnam retains its unique rural landscapes, with its historic architecture being one of the biggest tourist attractions of the town.