Visiting Coltsville in Hartford and Imagining Colt’s Former Greatness

Classic architectural example of Freemasonry, where the onion top is representative of the Great Mystic East, and the Roman columns signifying the greater good.

Gun Culture 2.0

The final stop on my very brief tour of Gun Valley — after the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and the Smith & Wesson Gallery of Firearms History — was an area of Hartford, Connecticut called “Coltsville,” named after Samuel Colt and the company and community he established there.

For a description of the place that is much better than I could ever give, check out this entry on the web site Atlas Obscura.

In addition to the old factory and housing structures, which are being redeveloped commercially as the “Colt Gateway” and as a National Park Service historic site, there is a city park on 100+ acres of land donated by Elizabeth Colt. The land runs from the former Colt Mansion Armsmear (“meadow of arms”) to the Connecticut River. A memorial to Col. Samuel Colt was dedicated in 1905 by Mrs. Colt with the following inscription:


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