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Coltsville Timeline: 2000-2009

About the Coltsville Timeline

This guide is a timeline for the process of Coltsville petitioning to become part of the National Park Service. The major focus is on the federal legislation driving this process. Public Law 113-291 includes a series of "Conditions for Establishment" that must be met before the park may be formally established. The National Park Service (NPS) is in the process of meeting the criteria.

As of January 10, 2018, the additional federal legislation passed - needed to authorize the planned visitor's center and administrative offices to be located in the selected buildings within the armory complex.

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November 9, 2009 through December 14, 2009

Coltsville : Special Resource Study (multi-part) released by Northeast Regional Office of the National Parks Service (NPS).  Two National Park Service requirements are met: (1) national significance and (2) suitability. Two National Park Service requirements are NOT met: (3) feasibility and (4) management options. print version: StLib Stacks F104.H36 C65 2009


December 10, 2008
November 2008

Coltsville Visitor Experience Study -- funded in part by Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. (source 27)

October 6, 2008


Coltsville Historic District (Formerly Known As Samuel Colt Home [Armsmear]), Name Change, Boundary Change and Additional Documentation Approved (NPS). (link for document no longer works as of 9/02/2020)

July 22, 2008

 Coltsville Historic District designated an NHL by the Secretary of the Interior. (source Coltsville Speical Resource Study)


August 31, 2007

National Historic Landmark Nomination NPS Form 10-900 USDI/NPS NRHP Registration Form (Rev. 8-86) OMB No. 1024-0018 Coltsville Historic District. Listed on Landmarks Committee Meeting Agenda (link for agenda no longer works as of 9/02/2020).


Coalition to Strengthen the Sheldon/Charter Oak Neighborhood 2007 Strategic Plan (source 26) - Document: "This 2007 Strategic Plan has two important goals: to update the year 2000 strategic plan, and to link the CSS/CON plan with the City of Hartford’s Plan of Conservation and Development.  Work on this document began in the fall of 2006.  Following public input and adoption by CSS/CON, this plan will serve as the blueprint for improvements in the Sheldon/Charter Oak NRZ over the next 5—10 years." (source 26, page 4)


October 20, 2006

Rejection of National Landmark status for Coltsville Historic District.

September 2006

"Samuel Colt: Arms, Art and Invention" opened at Wadsworth Atheneum.


January 2, 2005

Congressional Reports. Committee on Resources. Monday, January 3, 2005


October 20, 2004

National Park Service Public Hearing for Coltsville Historic District to be Named a National Park held at CSS-CON offices at 34 Sequassen St, announced in Hartford Courant. National Park Service Coltsville meeting video recording produced by CT•N

September 2, 2004

Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Hold Public Meetings Federal Register September 2, 2004, p.53733

August 26, 2004

Notice of Study to Determine Potential for Designation as a National Historic Landmark


October 3, 2003

Public Law 108-94 S.233 Signed by President G. W. Bush  (Oct. 3, 2003; 117 Stat. 1163; 2 Pages) Coltsville Study Act Of 2003 The Coltsville Study Act, P.L. 108-94, Directs the Secretary of the Interior to: (1) study the site known as Coltsville (a community in Connecticut inspired by Samuel Colt, founder of the Colt Manufacturing Company, which flourished during the Industrial Revolution. StLib Federal Documents AE 2.110:108-94 - Shelved in Law

September 23, 2003

S.233 passed House without amendment by voice vote.

September 3, 2003

S.233 reported out of House. H.Rpt. 108-252. StLibFederal Documents Y 1.1/2:Serial 14856. StLib Fed Doc Microfiche Y 1.1/8:108-252

August 11, 2003

Congressional Budget Office CBO) submits cost estimate for S. 233, the Coltsville Study Act of 2003

July 9, 2003

Markup held on S.233, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of Coltsville in the State of Connecticut for potential inclusion in the National Park System (Coltsville Study Act of 2003). S.233  Ordered to be Reported by Unanimous Consent.

April 8, 2003

H.R.272, H.R.437 and H.R.1113: Legislative Hearing held.
Print version StLib Federal Documents Y 4.R 31/3:108-14

March 10, 2003

S.233 Referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands. Executive Comment Requested from Interior.

March 5, 2003

H.R.437 Executive Comment Requested from Interior. Referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands.

March 4, 2003

S.233 passed in the Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. 

February 11, 2003

S.233  Reported In Senate Without Amendment Report No. 108-9StLib Federal Documents Y 1.1/2:Serial 14811.
StLib Fed Doc Microfiche Y 1.1/5:108-9

February 7, 2003

S.233 Cost Estimate. Coltsville Study Act of 2003 CBO estimates that it would cost about $250,000 over the next three years to complete the required study and report.

February 5, 2003

S.233 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably. S.Rpt.108-9.

January 29, 2003

H.R.437 introduced. Bill History

January 23, 2003

S.233 introduced. Bill History.


November 10, 2002

Senate adopted the text of the bill S.2519 as part of amendment 4972 of S.1894, which passed the Senate by unanimous consent on November 19, 2002.

September 9, 2002

S.2519 reported out of Senate Committee, with amendment. Senate Report 107-256StLib Federal Documents Y 1.1/2:Serial 14748. StLib Fed Doc Microfiche Y 1.1/5:107-256

August 12, 2002

S.2519, Coltsville Study Act of 2002, reported out of committee. Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

June 20, 2002

S.2519 Hearings held. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks. With printed Hearing: S.Hrg. 107-819

May 21, 2002

H.R.4736 Referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands.
Executive Comment Requested from Interior.

May 15, 2002

Name Change, Boundary Change, And Updated Documentation

H.R.4736 Coltsville Study Act introduced. 

S.2519 Coltsville Study Act of 2002 introduced. 

March 6, 2002

Federal Budget hinders progress on National Park. Hartford Courant reports that policy changes at NPS and a Bush administrative directive hinder progress on Coltsville. The Bush Administrative Directive postpones new projects until a $5 billion maintenance backlog is addressed. A park service policy now requires local regions to be full partners in financing new parks or museums. source 22



"A boundary increase to the district occurred in 2001 and included seven buildings and one structure situated on the north side of Sequassen Street between Van Dyke Avenue and Huyshope Avenue."

June 2001

Huyshope and Van Dyke Avenues Corridor Study SHELDON/CHARTER OAK NEIGHBORHOOD, HARTFORD CT. Prepared by Buckhurst Fish & Jacquemart, Inc. In association with David Mann Associates For the City of Hartford, and the Coalition to Strengthen the Sheldon/Charter Oak Neighborhood (CSS/CON)

January Session, 2001

Raised Bill No. 1303, Connecticut General Assembly.  An Act Concerning Authorization Of Bonds Of The State For A Connecticut Technology Building At The Historic Colt Site In Hartford And For The Mattatuck Historical Society, Inc. In Waterbury.  Bill History

Substitute Bill No. 336  Connecticut General Assembly. "An Act Concerning Authorization Of Bonds Of The State For Expansion Of The New Britain Museum Of American Art, Avery Point Lighthouse, The Mark Twain Compound And The Student Visitor Center, A Connecticut Technology Building At The Historic Colt Site, The Governor Samuel Huntington Historic Home And The Discovery Museum." Bill History.


March 30, 2000

Public Hearing. Appropriations and Finance Committee. Connecticut General Assembly. Adriaen's Landing development plan.

January, 2000

First Sheldon/Charter Oak Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ) Strategic Plan was prepared in January of 2000. (source 26)