Colonial Greenwich returns to life at war re-enactment

John Ferris Robben History was on everyone’s mind during the “Revolutionary Days” re-enactment of the Continental Army’s battle with the Redcoats during the event at Putnam Cottage put on by the Putnam Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

History was on everyone’s mind during the “Revolutionary Days” re-enactment of the Continental Army’s battle with the Redcoats during the event at Putnam Cottage put on by the Putnam Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. —John Ferris Robben

War broke out this week in Greenwich, but it wasn’t a border dispute between the town and Stamford or tensions between Yankees and Red Sox fans boiling over. It was a tribute to the town’s Revolutionary War history.

The Putnam Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution declared it to be “Revolutionary Days” at Putnam Cottage this past Sunday, March 30. Greenwich is a town rich in Revolutionary War history, including the famed Gen. Putnam’s ride, and people got a chance to see that history up close as part of the afternoon’s activities.

The event was designed to give people a chance to experience the lives and times of soldiers during the war as they observed re-creations of military encampments, witnessed soldiers performing tactical exercises, saw the pressures and conditions battlefield surgeons had to work under, and saw horses and riders in action. Children even got a chance to “enlist” in the Continental Army and Gen. Putnam was on hand for an “interview” for those who had questions.

Colorful Colonial period costumes were on display, and there was also music provided through the use of fiddles, fifes and drums. Money raised from the event will be used by the DAR to continue preservation efforts for Putnam Cottage.

More information is available online at Putnamhilldar.org.

Additional photos will be online Monday at Greenwich-post.com.

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