Places to Visit
Did You Know?: The Church of the Good Shepherd has unique features, including crossed Colt pistols and revolver parts carved in sandstone around the south “Armorer’s Door.” Elizabeth Colt commissioned the architect Frederick Clarke Withers to design this Episcopal church as a memorial to Sam Colt and four of their children.
FESTIVAL UPDATE: JOIN US FOR VINTAGE BASE BALL on JULY 19, 2014 at COLT PARK - HARTFORD, CT!! The Friends of Vintage Base Ball promotes living history by bringing the 19th century to life through base ball events that use the rules, equipment, costumes and culture of the 1860s–1880s
JUNE 6th Marked the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. We honor all men and women who served to protect the world against the Nazi threat!
Did You Know?: Colt did not have any descendants! The Colt's had four children. Two died in infancy, a daughter named Elizabeth died at the age of three. One sibling, Caldwell, survived to adulthood, but died of tonsillitis at the age of 34. (This is a photo of Caldwell Hart Colt)
SPECIAL EXHIBIT: The Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company Factory Collection was given to the Museum of Connecticut History in 1957. The collection constitutes one of the finest assemblages of early Colt prototypes, factory models and experimental firearms in the world. ONLY AT THE MUSEUM OF CONNECTICUT HISTORY JULY 19, 2014!!!
Did you know?: In 1864 Confederate sympathizers set fire to the Colt factory in Hartford, burning it to the ground. As luck would have it an insurance policy was taken out on the building before the fire ever happened. Elizabeth Colt chose to rebuild, paying special attention to fire-proofing and adding a second story as well as recreating the iconic blue onion dome that had been destroyed.
DID YOU KNOW?: The Sam Colt 200 Commemoration Committee will give a percentage of money raised from Corporate Sponsors back to scholarship funds to collage students who will be going into the fields of Manufacturing or Engineering! We care about our community and our future - BECOME A SPONSOR TODAY!!!
COLT LEGACY: Its architecture like this that amazes us! - You can locate this on the front of the Church of the Good Shepherd Parish House in Hartford. This structure was commissioned by Elizabeth Colt in honor of her late husband & son.