New Haven, “The Elm City,” was founded in 1638 by English Puritans. It is the home of Yale University and has provided a perfect home for industry, starting with Eli Whitney and then Oliver Winchester.
Oliver Fisher Winchester,
familiarly known as “Governor Winchester,” was born in Boston, MA, November 30th, 1810. In his twenties, he worked at the carpenter’s trade in various cities, becoming a master carpenter before he reached his majority. His entry into the business arena in 1834 was as a men’s furnisher in Baltimore, MD.
In 1847, he came to New Haven, CT, where he engaged successfully in manufacturing and invested in the Volcanic Arms Company, which evolved into The Winchester Repeating Arms Company.
The Winchester Repeating Arms Company’s original plant was located on Union Street in New Haven’s Wooster Square neighborhood. In 1870, the company erected its first buildings in the heart of the district and what is now Winchester Lofts.