• View of Springfield Armory overlooking the city of Springfield, 1855

    Springfield Armory

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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  • New Winter operating hours beginning November 1, 2014

    Springfield Armory NHS announces new days of operation Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00AM – 5:00 PM, beginning November 1st through May 31. The park will be closed Monday and Tuesday through the Winter, until June 1, when 7 day a week operation will resume

Nature & Science

Though Springfield Armory NHS is a historic site, there is quite a rich and important story of the natural development in this area over millions of years, as well as the science used to study it. In fact, one of the earliest archaeological discoveries in North America was made during construction on Springfield Armory in the 1850s! More recently, the site's grounds have become one of the roosting sites of large flocks (or murders) of crows every Fall. Be on the lookout for information about Nature and Science at Springfield Armory NHS on this page!


 
Image of Anchisaurus Polyzelus

While blasting for new construction at Springfield Armory in the 1850s, a number of dinosaur bones were unearthed. The fossils turned out to be an undiscovered species of dinosaur, named later Anchisaurus Polyzelus. The dinosaur lived during the Jurassic Period.

For more about this find, please read an article by our National Park Service colleague Vincent Santucci here.




Did You Know?

Organ of Muskets

After visting Springfield Armory during his honeymoon, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow published a poem in 1845 entitled "The Arsenal at Springfield," which used the racks of muskets stored there as an anti-war metaphor. More...