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Colt State Park

Colt State Park
Rhode Island state park
Shoreline at Colt State Park
Named for: Samuel P. Colt
Country  United States
State  Rhode Island
County Bristol
Location Bristol
 - elevation 33 ft (10 m) [1]
 - coordinates 40|36|N|71|17|56|W|type:landmark_region:US-RI name=

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Area 464 acres (188 ha)
Established 1968
Management Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks & Recreation
Location of Colt State Park in Rhode Island

Colt State Park occupies 464 acres (1.9 km2) on Poppasquash Neck adjoining the town of Bristol, Rhode Island. The park includes trails, picnic groves, a public boat ramp, an observation tower and the open air Chapel by the Sea. The park lands were previously owned by Bristol industrialist Samuel P. Colt. The park is situated alongside the East Bay Bike Path connecting Bristol with East Providence. The park is a major component of the Poppasquash Farms Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

History

In or around 1905, Samuel P. Colt purchased and consolidated the Chase, Church and Van Wickle farms. He built a summer house ("The Casino") on the grounds, as well as a stone barn to accommodate a prize herd of Jersey cattle. The marble gates of the main entrance, modeled after the approach to the Petit Trianon at Versailles and unveiled in 1913, bear an inscription: "Colt Farm, Private Property, Public Welcome." A pair of life size bull statues, named Conrad and Pomeroy, guard the gate to the park.

Colt died in 1921, and the lands passed to his Industrial Trust Company. According to the provisions of Colt's will, the farm remained open to the public. Over time, the grounds suffered from vandalism, and a number of statues were destroyed or stolen. Many of the statues were relocated to Linden Place for safe keeping.

In 1965, the State of Rhode Island purchased Colt Farm, and on August 21, 1968, the lands were dedicated as Colt State Park by Rhode Island Governor John Chafee. A statue of Chafee now stands in the park.[2]

Activities

The park offers trails for hikers, joggers, bicyclers and equestrians, a skate park, and facilities for picnicking, boating and fishing.

References

External links

  • Colt State Park Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks & Recreation
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