Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield Armory National Historic Site, 1 Armory St #2, Springfield, Ma 01105
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Our missionSpringfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates the critical role Springfield Armory played in the nation's military and industrial history. First created as a military storage depot by the fledgling U.S. Army in 1777, Springfield Armory was authorized by Congress and President Washington in 1794 to manufacture small arms for the nation's defense. The Armory was the federal center for the development and manufacture of U.S. military small arms from 1794 until its deactivation in 1968. The Springfield Armory was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and was administratively listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The park was authorized in 1974 and became established as an NPS unit in 1978.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

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About usOn a chill Spring morning in 1968, amid speeches and farewell addresses, the men and women of Springfield Armory bid each other goodbye as the 'Stars and Stripes' were lowered for the last time. After nearly two centuries of continuous production of rifles and muskets used by America's armed forces in every war in the nation's history, the armory closed its gates and fell silent. Begun as a major arsenal under the authority of General George Washington early in the Revolutionary War, the first national armory began manufacturing muskets in 1794. Within decades, Springfield Armory had perfected pioneering manufacturing methods that were critical to American industrialization. Reopened in 1978 as the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, the original 1840's arsenal houses the world's largest collection of historic American military firearms. Year-round public programs, exhibits, and special events are hosted on the grounds of the National Historic Landmark.
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