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Putnam, Connecticut: Museum in a Boxcar

Gertrude Chandler Warner wrote a series of books about kids who lived in a railroad boxcar, so that's where her hometown built her museum. The boxcar was renovated in 2019.

Gertrude Chandler Warner Boxcar Children Museum

S. Main St., Putnam, CT
Gertrude Chandler Warner Boxcar Children Museum. Downtown. On the west side of Hwy 12/S. Main St., just south of its intersection with US Hwy 44/Front St. For off-hours visits email barbarascalise (at)
May - Mid-Oct. Sa-Su 11-4, or by appt. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Museum in a Boxcar

While checking out a Roadside America tip for Putnam, we happened upon a teeny museum housed in a train boxcar, dedicated to the author of a series of books, "The Boxcar Children Mysteries." Gertrude Chandler Warner lived across from the rail yard and was a life-long resident of the town. Putnam decided to create a museum in her honor and hit upon the idea of using a real 1920s New Haven R.R. boxcar, just like the one that the fictional kids lived in. Inside are signed books, memorabilia, and possessions of the author.

If you're a fan of the books it may be a fascinating spot. Otherwise, it's an interesting anomaly within a sedate little town.

[Diane Plumley, 01/29/2014]

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