Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Boxcar Children Museum
GPS: N41° 54.894; W071° 54.467
The Gertrude Chandler Warner The Boxcar Children Museum is located in a railroad boxcar off Main Street (Route 12) just south of Route 44 in Putnam, CT.
Location: Connecticut, United States
Gertrude Chandler Warner (April 16, 1890 - August 30, 1979) was the author of The Boxcar Children, an ongoing series of children's stories. She was born in Putnam, CT and taught at nearby Israel Putnam Elementary School. Her stories were very popular with her students and are now widely read by young children everywhere.
Starting in 1924, she wrote the first 19 books of The Boxcar Children series. The stories continue after her death by other writers who have contributed an additional 130 books to the series. The Boxcar Children tells of the adventures of four orphaned children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, that live in an abandoned boxcar in the forest. The museum is housed in a boxcar, similar to the one described in the book.
The Museum was opened in 2004. It is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, from mid-May to mid-October. Admission is free and a volunteer docent will describe the exhibits. Donations are welcome.