Putnam Hill Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Greenwich, Connecticut

Putnam Cottage
For more than 100 years, the Putnam Hill Chapter DAR Regent's Project has been the Historic Preservation of Putnam Cottage. Putnam Cottage and the Putnam Hill Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Putnam Cottage

243 East Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, Connecticut 06830

Putnam Hill Chapter DAR Historic Preservation Project


Early records show that in February 1680, a Greenwich Town Meeting ordered Mr. Holley, Sergeant John Lockwood and Joseph Ferris to lay out a township upon the land lying nearby Horseneck Brook, to number twenty home lots of four acres each and a piece of land for a common.

Timothy Knapp bought the Horseneck property in 1692. Architectural historians have stated that the east front room could have been built prior to this date.

Timothy’s son, Captain Israel Knapp, inherited the house in 1729, and converted it into a tavern in 1754. It was such when, in 1776, General George Washington stopped for lunch with his troops, and on February 26, 1779, when General Israel Putnam made his famous ride down Put’s Hill.

Israel Knapp Jr. inherited the tavern in 1783. When he died in 1790, it became the home of his widow, Margaret. In 1813, it was sold to the Tracy family.

In 1901, members of the Putnam Hill Chapter DAR contributed donations of $7,125.00 to purchase the historic Knapp Tavern property. In 1902, the deed signed by Colonel H. H. Adams was presented to the newly formed Israel Putnam House Association to preserve and maintain the property as a Chapter House for the use and benefit of the Putnam Hill Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

In 1968, the discovery of rare fieldstone fireplaces marked the beginning of restoration of the cottage to its appearance when it was the Knapp’s home and then Knapp’s Tavern. Restoration included the cottage, barn, carriage shed, colonial gardens and special exterior illumination resembling moonlight.

In 1992, architectural historian J. Paul Loether of the Connecticut Historic Commission wrote, “The house is one of the most unusual and interesting which I have seen in Connecticut during my years of work as a professional in the field of historic preservation. There is no question, the building ranks as one of the real historic gems of the Town of Greenwich and the State of Connecticut.”

Putnam Cottage, furnished with 18th-century pieces, holds a collection of General Putnam memorabilia, DAR library and office. Putnam Hill Chapter DAR volunteers conduct tours of Knapp Tavern Museum. Contributions are welcome.

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