Memorial Monument, Putnam Memorial State Park, Redding
Redding, in Fairfield County, is located in southwestern Connecticut. Incorporated from Fairfield in 1767, the original name of the town was Reading, after John Read. The name was officially changed in 1844 by the United States Postal Service. During the Revolutionary War, Redding served as the winter encampment for the Continental army. General Israel Putnam, along with three Continental brigades, held a strategic position there during the winter of 1778-1779. The early economy in Redding was based on extensive quarrying of its rich mineral deposits and the Georgetown section’s production of wire screen. The last home of Mark Twain, Stormfield, was built in Redding.
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