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Elizabeth Colt and Coltsville's Contribution to America's Pastime

A unique event will occur on Saturday, June 8, 2013 (rain date Saturday, June 15, 2013) as the Friends of Vintage Base Ball celebrates Elizabeth Colt and Hartford's base ball history.

On the site of the original 1874 Hartford Base Ball Grounds, a garden consisting of floral plantings at 1st, 2nd, 3rd and home bases, plus pitcher's box, will be commemorated to honor the city's status of one of only eight charter cities in the newly formed National League.

Bill Hosley, Colt historian, will give a presenatation on Elizabeth Colt and Pops O'Maxfield, base ball historian, will give a presenation on Morgan Bulkeley and his team, The Hartfords. These presenations will take place in the Church of the Good Shepherd, the extraordinary structure that Mrs. Colt built to honor her late husband, the industrialist Samuel Colt.

The garden dedication is scheduled for noon followed by a Town Ball game for kids. There'll also be hot dogs and old fashioned soda pop for sale; 19th-century uniformed base ball players and Mark Twain will be there to talk with folks and pose for photos; tours of the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Caldwell Colt Memorial Parish House will be given. A great family day of interest for historians, garden enthusiasts, anyone interested in women's studies, Mark Twain buffs and kids of all ages.

A donation of $10 for both lectures is suggested. Hot dogs and soda pop will be sold at vendor pricing. All other activities are free.

At the conclusion of the event (2:00pm), Bill Hosley will offer a walking tour of Coltsville for which a separate fee applies.

For detailed directions to the location, click on the map below.

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