GREENWICH — Few homes in Greenwich are as rich in history as Hemlock Castle.
It was built in 1913 for a direct descendant of General Israel Putnam, the local hero of the Revolutionary War, who shared the same name. It was later owned by the man who sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. The home was the site of a 1927 birthday party for the scandal-ridden mayor of New York City. One of the wealthiest men in America, a former newsboy from Chicago who rose from poverty to become “a modern Horatio Alger,” also lived there.