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Larson Statement on Passage of Coltsville Clarification

February 27, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – 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.  The National Park Service determined that the brownstones, which date back to the 1850’s, provide the best location for historic preservation and visitor access.  The Park Service issued a technical clarification that would allow for this to occur and this legislation would simply codify that decision. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement:


“Coltsville has played an iconic part in our nation’s history since Sam Colt founded his company in 1855 and created a community around manufacturing that helped make Hartford one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution.  Coltsville will continue to play an important role in Hartford as a National Park,” said Larson. “As the Coltsville National Park continues to grow and evolve, Hartford will be able to reclaim the banks for the historic Connecticut River and attract more people to the city.  This Park has brought together countless community leaders, cultural organizations, governmental agencies, non-profits, and businesses who have worked tirelessly to bring this dream to fruition. I look forward to the continued success of Coltsville and the surrounding community.”