Springfield’s Colony Club in Tower Square ceased operations this week.
Museum of Springfield History Archive Curator Maggie Humberston took 22News back to the beginning of the Colony Club.
When Smith & Wesson co-founder Daniel Wesson built his French-style chateau on Maple Street in 1915, The Wesson mansion became the home of the Colony Club. It’s membership boasting Springfield’s leading figures of the day.
Through the years, three presidents of the United States were guests of the Colony Club.
Humberston said the movers and shakers who belonged to the Colony Club provided long-lasting benefits to the Springfield area.
“Starting with Wesson himself, he was very instrumental in forming many of local hospitals in the area, and the men who came after him certainly continued in that vein,” Humberston told 22News.
Then in February 1966, a fire destroyed the Wesson Mansion, the Colony Clubs half century home on Maple street.
And until its doors closed for good on Monday, Baystate West downtown, now called Tower Square, would be home to the Colony Club.
A napkin from a long forgotten Colony Club function is among the items included in the Museum’s Colony Club memorabilia.