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

    Springfield Armory

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

Tornado Cleanup and Operations Update

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Date: June 3, 2011
Contact: Michael Quijano-West, (413) 271-3980
Contact: James Roberts, (413) 271-3974
Contact: Alex MacKenzie, (413) 271-3971

On Wednesday, June 1, at least one tornado touched down in the city of Springfield and surrounding communities. The funnel passed just to the south of Springfield Armory National Historic Site, and the park sustained no damage.

Due to the ongoing cleanup and traffic issues throughout the city and along the main entrance route to the park up State Street, Springfield Armory NHS will be closed until Monday, June 6, when the park will resume normal operations at 9am. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and hope these actions will assist the city and state in their cleanup efforts.

We thank everyone who has inquired about the park, and appreciate all offers for assistance.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site wishes to express our condolences to all the families of those killed or injured through this tragedy, in addition to our sincerest sympathy to all our affected neighbors and surrounding communities.

Did You Know?

Charles Dickens, 1842. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Author Charles Dickens toured Springfield Armory’s Hill Shops and Water Shops on his 30th birthday, February 7th, 1842, a year before publication of A Christmas Carol. The first of two visits to America, he and his wife were accompanied by the superintendent and the paymaster. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.