Witch Trials 1692 Sites Tour
10. Joseph Putnam House
(Plate 34; southeast portion of cloverleaf intersection of
Route 1 and Route 62).
Putnam, youngest brother of the persecuting Thomas, lived in this house
in 1692. Unlike his brother, Joseph was an early and outspoken opponent
of the witch hunt. When the examinations began, he reportedly stormed
over to Thomas Putnam's house and confronted Ann Putnam, Sr. "If you
dare to touch with your foul lies anyone belonging to my household,"
he told her, "you shall answer for it." For months Joseph kept horses
saddled at all times and armed his family to guarantee their escape
in case they were ever accused. They never were. In 1718, Joseph's son
Israel was born in this house. Israel became one of the most colorful
generals of the American Revolution. The Putnam house is privately owned.