HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: The town was named for Revolutionary War Gen. Israel Putnam, who is reputed to have said: "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes," during the Battle of Bunker Hill. When the town was incorporated from
DID YOU KNOW?: The Cargill Falls Mill, which started as a grist mill in 1730, was one of the country's first cotton mills in 1806. The building is on the River Mills Heritage Trail, which takes visitors on a one-mile walking or biking tour along the Quinebaug River. The trail features several historic mills, along with the Morse Mansion, the 1868 home of textile magnate George Morse, who enjoyed a view of the river and three of his factories from the mansion.
FAMOUS RESIDENTS: John N. Dempsey, who was governor from 1961-1971. Other notable residents include Rollie Sheldon, who pitched for the