Brooklyn Historical Society Museum & Daniel Putnam Tyler Law Office

Located behind the majestic equestrian statue of Revolutionary War hero General Israel Putnam (1718 – 1790) is the Brooklyn Historical Society Museum. The museum houses the permanent General Putnam Gallery whose exhibits “Israel Putnam: Facets of a Hero” and “General Israel Putnam Remembered” explore the fascinating life of the farmer and citizen soldier whose daring exploits in a Pomfret wolf den and during the French and Indian War made him a legend in his own day, and the creation of the statue that honors him. A highlight of the General Putnam Gallery is the display of the 1888 Karl Gerhardt designed bronze wolf heads stolen from the General Putnam equestrian statue in 1984 and 1985 and returned to the society in 2015. (The wolf heads presently adorning the east and west sides of the monument are 2005 recreations by artist Tory Bryant, made possible in part by a grant from The Last Green Valley.) The museum’s Special Exhibit Gallery features changing displays of local history. The current exhibit is “Treasures from Brooklyn’s Attic,” which showcases some of the varied objects of our collections, items such as silver spoons and spectacles made by Edwin Newbury of Brooklyn, a Civil War era silk dress, ice harvesting equipment, and an early incubator used by Amasa Pierce who founded the successful Pierce Hatchery at Alderbrook Farm. The museum is handicapped accessible and air conditioned. Behind the museum is the 19th-century law office of Putnam’s great-grandson Daniel Putnam Tyler (1798 – 1875) furnished as it might have been during his career, which included his service as a County Court Judge and Secretary of State when he supervised Connecticut’s first comprehensive economic census. Both museums are open every Wednesday and Sunday, from 1 to 5 pm, from Wednesday, May 23rd through Sunday, October 7th, or by special appointment. Please call 860 774-7728 to schedule. There is no admission charge for either museum.

Location
25 Canterbury Rd. (Rte. 169)
Brooklyn, CT 06234
Contact
860-774-7728
Website
http://www.brooklynct.org/historical-society

Brooklyn Historical Society Museum & Daniel Putnam Tyler Law Office