Few visitors to Connecticut experience the old-fashioned ways of the "Quiet Corner," a vast patch of sparsely populated towns that seem a world away from the rest of the state. There's a reclusive allure here: whereas people once left New York City for the Litchfield Hills, many now leave for northeastern Connecticut. The cultural capital of the Quiet Corner is Putnam, a small mill city on the Quinebaug River whose formerly industrial town center has been transformed into a year-round antiques mart. Smaller jewels are Pomfret and Woodstock—two towns where authentic Colonial homesteads still seem to outnumber the contemporary, charmless clones seen springing up all too rapidly across the state. The stretch of Route 169 from Brooklyn past Woodstock has been named a National Scenic Byway.
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