Founded 1972 - 206 School St., Putnam CT 06260 - tel: 860-963-0092
Aspinock Historical Society
of Putnam Inc.
Enjoy beautiful views and a historical walk during The Last Green Valley's Walktober.
Find out how the mills, railroads and the river impacted the development and growth of the Town of Putnam.
Bill Pearsall, Putnam's Municipal Historian and Aspinock Historical Society of Putnam CT's President is a wealth of knowledge and will lead the way.
Meet at Putnam's Rotary Park on Kennedy Drive.
Putnam History Walk
Saturday, October 26th, 1-3:30pm
Visit this hidden Putnam location during The Last Green Valley's Walktober program.
The Cady Copp Cottage - one of the best kept secrets of American History, recently revealed in David McCullough's new book "The Pioneers."
See where Manasseh Cutler, co-author of the 1787 Northwest Ordinance, was tutored. Some say his actions led to the North's Civil War victory.
The Cady Copp Cottage was given to the Aspinock Historical Society of Putnam CT, but it needs a lot of restoration work.
Explore history that still stands & celebrate stories past that led to our today.
Tour History at Cady-Copp Cottage
Saturday, October 5th, 10-11am.

The Aspinock Historical Society is thankful to be a recipient of a donation from the Putnam Bank Foundation, with the goal of strengthening the connection to Putnams history and stories.


Putnam Bank knows and is Putnam History, and provides help to charitable organizations in our communities through the Putnam Bank Foundation. The foundation was established to help support cultural, educational, housing, health, social services and other types of charitable organizations working to make our communities better places to live.


The focus of donations from the Foundation is more on project support rather than for general operating expenses or bricks and mortar" supplies. By making donations to local charitable organizations, the Foundation is working to strengthen the connection between Putnam Bank and the communities we serve.


Over the last couple of years the Aspinock Historical Society has worked diligently to become better known and a more recognized vital and integral part of the overall community, the whole community, from youngest to oldest, to those who have lived their lives in Putnam,and to the newcomers, too.


Steps recently taken by the Aspinock Historical Society, in addition to the many things they have done over the years that have made impact are:

Aspinock Historical Society Gratefully Accepts Putnam Bank Foundation Grant
News & Upcoming Events!
Aspinock Historical Society's "Come and See What We Have Done at the Cady-Copp Cottage" event was a huge success with approximately 100 guests on Saturday, July 27, 2019.

The society's goal was to connect their members and the community to the Cady-Copp Cottage, a hidden gem in the rough and often times the subject of their annual appeal campaign fundraisers. The building is literally hidden from view, and although many people had a general idea of the location, no one really knew exactly where it was, how to get to it, what condition it is in, or why it was even important enough to restore.

Curiosity brought the community to the event to learn the history and story behind Cady-Copp Cottage, to appreciate the work that has been done, and to see how much is still to be done. Guests also learned the plans for a completely restored Cady-Copp as a "walk through history" with each room designed in a different historical era. Residents of the home did indeed live through a number a eras.

Cady-Copp Cottage was donated to the historical society some years ago, which was a true gift, yet a great responsibility. As any homeowner knows, upkeep of even a new building is continuous work and expense. The task and cost of rehabbing a mid-1700 built home can be daunting and guidelines must be followed. Aspinock Historical Society focuses on rehabbing the property by applying for grants and reaching out during their annual appeals.

A work day is planned at the Cady-Copp Cottage for Saturday, August 17, 2019. Many hands are needed for all sorts of tasks like painting, scraping paint, yard work. If you love old houses and making history, email for details.

There will be another event at the Cady-Copp Cottage during The Last Green Valley's Walktober. Stay tuned for date and time.

With two very important points of historical interest located in Putnam, the Boxcar Children Museum and the Cady-Copp Cottage, the Aspinock Historical Society is thankful for the chance to connect the community to unique history, and to welcome in visitors from afar.
Aspinock Historical Society Cady-Copp Event Big Success!
Cady Copp Cottage Restoration Project
Recent photos - Click each photo for larger size
The Aspinock Historical Society would like to thank The Last Green Valley for their assistance in securing a grant and also all those who donated to our Annual Appeal fund raising drive!
Aspinock Seeks $15k for Cady Copp and Boxcar
PUTNAM TOWN CRIER - August 23, 2018

PUTNAM - The Aspinock Historical Society of Putnam recently announced its Annual Appeal campaign, “Preserving the Past and Planning for the Future.”

The goal is to raise $15,000.  Proceeds will be used to continue Phase 2 of renovating the Cady Copp cottage to make it safe for the public to view and a step in creating a museum of Putnam’s oldest home.  Continual maintenance of the Gertrude Warner Boxcar Children’s Museum is also a goal of the Appeal.
Read more:
2018-2019 Annual Appeal Brochure
Click Images to See Larger Size or to Print
Front of Cady-Copp Cottage
Refurbished Side of Cady-Copp Cottage

This year AHS aims to work on Phase 2 at Cady-Copp Cottage and to make Gertrude's Boxcar Children Museum accessible for all.

People worldwide - including author & historian David McCullough - believe in what we have here in Putnam.

Let's give them all a place to visit, remember, and repeat their memories and our stories everywhere they go!

Mail your donations to:

Aspinock Historical Society

PO Box 465

Putnam, CT 06260-0465

Annual Appeal!

Joining and participating with the Putnam Business Association

Joining The Last Green Valley including listing in TLGVs Explore Guide

Participating in local community events (such as First Fridays and Rotarys Volunteerism Expo)

Offering AHSs programs, based on feedback from the community for time, dates, topics

Promoting further the popularity of and restoring the Boxcar Children Museum

Continuing the tireless behind the scenes research done  for many local businesses, organizations and individuals

Revamp & modernization of the AHS website:

Creation and maintenance of AHS facebook page, with a theme and plan of topics laid out for the entire year:

Taking advantage of the spotlight shown on Putnam by historian and author David McCulloughs current best seller, The Pioneers, which features Putnams own Cutlers and the Cady-Copp Cottage, which was donated to the society

Aspinock Historical Society will use this donation from the Putnam Bank Foundation to connect to the public with advertisements on WINY Radio and in the Putnam Town Crier.
Founded 1972 - 206 School St., Putnam CT 06260 - tel: 860-963-0092

Aspinock Historical Society
of Putnam Inc.