The Industrial Revolution, in the United States, occurred over the course of more than a century leading to major changes in communication, transportation and the manufacturing process which transformed the lives of Americans.

Samuel Colt, an industrialist, established a firearm factory in Hartford, Connecticut. Here, in the South Meadows, Colt built an industrial city around his factory where he provided for his workers by building houses, recreational facilities, gardens, parks, and farms for his workers to ensure their happiness and increased productivity at work.

Colt shaped the geography, culture, demographics, and economy by building the industrial city known as Coltsville.

Explore the various sites in Coltsville and take step back in time to the urban life of late 19th- Century Hartford though the eyes of factory employee.

Last updated: April 26, 2022

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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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