Shire town of Windham county. This town is finely watered by Quinnebaug river and Blackwell's stream. It was taken from Pomfret and Canterbury in 1786. The land is uneven, and somewhat stony; but the soil is strong, producing in abundance all the varieties common to a fertile grazing country. This town lies 30 miles E. from Hartford, 44 W. from Providence, R.I., and about 20 N. by E. from Norwich. Population, 1830, 1,451.—Good landscapes are obtained from the Gray Mare and Tetnuck hills. Here is a cave called the Lion's Den, and a mineral spring of some notoriety. The celebrated hero, General Israel Putnam, lived many years and died in this town. He was born at Salem, Mass., Jan. 7, 1718. He died May 29, 1790. Speaking of this brave man, Dr. Dwight observes, "During the gayest and most thoughtless period of his life, he regarded religion with profound reverence, and read the scriptures with the greatest attention."