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The First Congressional District will soon be home to Connecticut’s first national historical park: the Coltsville National Historical Park.  

Driving into Connecticut’s Capitol City you will undoubtedly notice the bright blue and white, onion shaped dome on the side of I-91. This well-known local architecture marks an area known as Coltsville, where Colt’s Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company once thrived. Coltsville includes Colt Park, the former home of Samuel and Elizabeth Colt, housing used by factory workers, armories where firearms and other products were manufactured, and more. 

Beginning in 1855, Sam and Elizabeth Colt created a community around manufacturing in Hartford, widely recognized as one of the birthplaces of the industrial revolution. Following the death of her husband, Elizabeth Colt became the first woman to lead a top five manufacturing company, was one of the first industrialists to implement firewalls, and developed an apprenticeship program that spawned the typewriter, the automobile, and ultimately the airplane engine. 

Timeline of Congressman Larson’s Efforts on Coltsville 

In Washington, Representative Larson is leading the effort to authorize the establishment of Coltsville as a National Historical ParkIn 2014, President Obama signed Representative Larson’s Coltsville National Historical Park Act into law, as part of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 113-291)Since then, stakeholders including Rep. Larson, the City of Hartford, the National Park Service and current building and land owners are working together to complete the transfer of property to the federal government. When this final step is completed, Coltsville will formally be established as a National Historic Park. 

The establishment of Coltsville as a National Historical Park fulfills a long-term goal envisioned by Hartford Mayor Mike Peters and shared by the Sheldon/Charter Oak neighborhood, the city, the state and countless community stakeholders. Coltsville not only preserves a crucial piece of Connecticut history, it also benefits the local and regional economy through economic development, tourism and job creation. Studies by the National Park Service point to over $12 billion dollars spent annually with more than 177,000 jobs created in regions surrounding National Parks. The Connecticut Economic Resource Center estimates that development at Coltsville already accounts for more than 1,000 jobs and an economic impact of over $177 million with the potential for 2,500 jobs and an economic impact of over $350 million as a result of tourism and continued development bolstered by park establishment.  

More information about Coltsville National Historical Park can be found here. 

A timeline of Congressman Larson’s efforts on Coltsville can be found here. 


More on Coltsville

October 4, 2021 Press Release
Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) attended the grand reopening of Colt Park.
July 27, 2021 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that his Community Funding Project request to restore the Colt Gardener’s Cottage and Carriage House was included in the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.
July 5, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Governor Dannel Malloy, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, and Coltsville National Historical Park Superintendent James Woosley announced that Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the City of Hartford will be receiving a $750,000 grant from the National Park Service to make renovations and improvements to Colt Park.
January 8, 2018 Page
2017 re-cap from Rep. Larson.
February 27, 2017 Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives approved legislation codifying the National Park Service’s authority to utilize the historic brownstones next to the East Armory for the Coltsville National Historic Park’s visitor center.
March 22, 2016 Press Release
Washington – Today, the House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation clarifying the National Park Service’s authority to establish the Coltsville National Park headquarters in the historic brownstones next to the East Armory.
December 12, 2014 Press Release
Washington - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) today joined Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy along with Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra applauded passage of the Coltsville National Historical Park Act.
December 4, 2014 Press Release
Washington - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the passage of the Coltsville National Historical Park Act.
April 24, 2013 Press Release
Washington - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) applauded the National Park Service for their continued support of establishing Coltsville as a National Park.
March 19, 2013 Press Release
Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Senator Richard Blumenthal along with Senator Chris Murphy introduced legislation to designate Coltsville in Hartford a National Historical Park.