| May 4, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Freezing cold, stricken with smallpox and under attack from enemy ships in a foreign land, a regiment of American soldiers fled their encampment in Deschambault, Canada, early on the morning of May 7, 1776.
Under the command of Col. Charles Burrall, the...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 4:26 PM
Motorists (or boaters) heading north into Hartford see his signature blue onion dome just in front of the spacious park he and his wife, Elizabeth, left to the city. He's been gone since the mid-19th century, yet the name Samuel Colt is still known around...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 4:40 PM
From Samuel Colt and his revolver to Alfred Fuller and his brushes and Vernon Krieble and Loctite, Hartford has been a breeding ground for innovative business success. There's every reason to believe the same sort of problem-solving, leadership and...
| Mar 11, 2013
It doesn't take long to see the effects of massive investment at the Connecticut factories that make the AR-15 military-style rifle.
Deep in the heart of the sprawling Colt firearms plant in West Hartford, Bobby Craddock sets up rifle barrels in an...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Playwright Anton Chekhov famously said that a gun should never be displayed onstage without a reason. If it is seen in the first act, he advised, it ought to go off by the third.
In other words, writers should not clutter a narrative with distractions...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 1:53 PM
The merchant of death is dead: Mikhail Kalashnikov passed Monday at 94 in a hospital in Izhevsk, the capital of the Russian republic of Udmurtia.
Of course you know his name; everyone knows his name. It’s as famous a name as Samuel Colt, maker...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 9:00 PM
Thetwo halves of the gun-making company Samuel Colt established in Hartford in the 1850s are coming back together, with plans that include keeping a combined 750 employees in West Hartford, a company executive said Monday.
Colt Defense LLC's $60.5...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 4:05 AM
In its early days, many would have doubted that the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art would still be around in 2014. Old Lyme artist Henry White (1861-1952) painted a sorrowful picture of the museum he visited as a boy: "The picture gallery was a...
| Sep 29, 2002
Past the heavy glass doors of the world's most famous jewelry store, two glimmering rings sit waiting to be selected for the proper marriage. One is a diamond-inlaid platinum band selling for $11,700, the other a matching engagement ring priced at $37,...
| Sep 29, 2002
By the late 1850s, Samuel Colt had already become a millionaire by selling his famous revolvers to armies around the world. He had just opened his Coltsville Armory in Hartford's South Meadows, where his workers churned out 150 guns a day using the latest...
| Sep 29, 2002
In a field behind Deep River's historical society stands a small glass building shaped like a triangle. It looks like a greenhouse, but there is a U.S. patent for it filed by a local man named Ulysses Pratt. This "bleach house," as it was called, was...