Church Of The Good Shepherd

Colt & The Church Of The Good Shepherd (3)

Church Of The Good Shepherd
Church Of The Good Shepherd

This is the third, and final, article on The Church Of The Good Shepherd the church Elizabeth Colt built in 1867. The first and second are available here.

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When Sam Colt died in 1862 Colt firearms was producing many of the guns and rifles for the civil war. The famous ‘Colt 45’ was just starting. Elizabeth Colt took over the company and she was really the driving force for the ‘gun that won the west’.

Church Of The Good Shepherd
Church Of The Good Shepherd

The Colt’s lost 3 children early in their marriage. Many of the beautiful stained glass windows have small references to each.

Church Of The Good Shepherd
Church Of The Good Shepherd

Elizabeth Colt lost her final child, an adult by now, in 1894. He had become a well known firearms designer and sailor. He drowned while piloting his ship off the Florida coast.

As another memorial Elizabeth Colt had a Parish house built in his honor along side the church. Again the building is a national historic site and if possible as grand as the church itself.

Parish House Good Shepherd
Parish House Good Shepherd

A special thanks to the staff of The Church Of The Good Shepherd for making this all possible.