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. 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. This year there will be an additioanl display “The Brooklyn Historical Society Celebrates 50 Years of History.” 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 20th through Sunday, October 11th, or by special appointment. Please call 860 774-7728 to schedule. There is no admission charge for either museum.
25 Canterbury Rd. (Rte. 169)
Brooklyn, CT 06234