Plymouth Town Council shows support for Hartford attraction

Published on Thursday, 9 July 2020 11:34


PLYMOUTH - The Plymouth Town Council showed its support Tuesday for Sam and Elizabeth Colt Industrial and Frontier Heritage Center. The nonprofit seeks to work with the National Park Service to turn the Colt factory building in Hartford into a historical and educational tourist attraction.

Jim Griffin, director of the Center, explained that he would have gone to the Hartford City Council but missed their meeting. He said he needed a local community’s support to move forward with soliciting corporate donations.

“We can turn it (the Colt building) into a really good tourist attraction for the state where we can motivate people to come to Hartford, Connecticut,” he said. “The Colt site really set into motion our frontier Western movement because we had to figure out a way to mass produce clocks and locks and hardware and bicycles and typewriters and everything to go west. Colt figured out how to do that. He did it with his pistol but then you could adapt the technology to all the other items.”

Councilor Dan Gentile said that, especially in the current times, history is very important.

“I’m glad that we could support this and hopefully it’ll be a great thing for Connecticut for people to see,” he said.

The council unanimously voted in support.

During Mayor David Merchant’s report, he said that town hall is open, but on a limited basis, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

“We are greeting everybody at the door,” he said. “Everybody is wearing a mask. We are we are doing health screening for whatever we can. We are only allowing one person at a time to anyone window and so far it’s been working out.”

Merchant added that he may have an update on plans for the former Prospect Street School by the end of the month.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth on Thursday, 9 July 2020 11:34. Updated: Thursday, 9 July 2020 11:36.