Where the Colt Icon Began

When Samuel Colt started his Hartford factory on the banks of the Connecticut River in 1847, it followed years of mismanagement and failure. Soon, demand for Colt's revolver would change his fortunes and the Colt empire was born. Following Colt's untimely death in 1862, his wife, Elizabeth Colt, would lead the company to its legendary status, and influence Hartford for over 40 years.

An engraving of Samuel Colt. Older man with beard.

History and Culture

Learn more about Samuel Colt, the inventor and founder of Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company.

Armory Complex

Park Development

Learn more about where Coltsville is in the process toward establishment.

Ranger led tour


Calendar of events for Coltsville.

Historic engraving of the armory in 1857.

Getting to Coltsville

Coltsville is located in Hartford, Connecticut.

Last updated: June 12, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Coltsville National Historical Park
c/o Springfield Armory National Historic Site
One Armory Square, Suite 2

Springfield, MA 01105


(860) 500-6078

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