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The Friends of Stark Park held their annual membership meeting on November 19, 2015.

The granite urn, long missing from the Stark Monument, has been replicated by Rock of Ages Corporation and was installed at the Stark Gravesite on June 20, 2014.
View slideshow / gallery of installation by Jeff Hastings.

On April 17, 2014 at the Manchester Historic Association Preservation Awards Dinner, the Friends of Stark Park were honored with a Preservation Award for the preservation of a historic site: the Stark Family Gravesite. Pat Howard and Mark Roy, with MHA Trustee Matt Kfoury receive the Preservation Award.

Patricia Howard, president of the Friends of Stark Park, talks about the restoration of Gen. John Stark's grave site in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Patricia Howard hopes one day students will associate the phrase "Live Free or Die" with a local legend, instead of license plates. It's a vision that has helped guide the work of the Friends of Stark Park, including months of restoration work at the grave sites of Gen. John Stark and members of his family.

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New Hampshire Society Sons of the American Revolution  President Doug Wood presented a check from the NH State Society and the NSSAR George Washington Endowment Fund to Pat Howard of the Friends of Stark Park for the General John Stark Gravesite Restoration Project. The GWFF matched contributions raised from NHSSAR members.From SAR magazine, Spring 2013. 

Trish Jackson, Regent of the Molly Stark Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to Robert Chase, Treasurer of the Friends of Stark Park, at the Molly Stark Chapter Annual Meeting on May 11, 2013.  The check is dedicated to the restoration of the Stark Family Gravesite. 

The new Historic Marker was installed in Stark Park on July 28, 2011. The funds for the marker came from a generous grant from the Bean Foundation.
We are offering our Commemorative Bricks for the bandstand walkway again this year. You may purchase bricks online or if you prefer not to, please download the order form and template from the website or call 603-623-4094 to place an order.

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Please join us for Christmas Caroling on December 20th at 4 PM

Regular Events


 November 11th 2015 -

UNH Durham sent 30 student volunteers on November 11th to the park for a Fall Clean Up.  The 45 degree weather and rain didn’t bother this group of students.  They endured the cold, wet weather and raked the entrances, gravesite and areas near the bandstand for only pizza as payment.  This group was part of a volunteer effort from UNH Durham called UNH Serves, where 500 students volunteer their time on their day off from school for Veteran’s Day.  Most of the group's work is done in the Seacoast area but we were lucky to have Stark Park be one of their destination sites!  Emily Goupil, UNH Residence Hall Director and City Year veteran, has organized the group the past 2 years for us, as well as helped out in years past with City Year.

We also were fortunate to have Tom Kelly, owner of LawnMark Plus, an organic lawn care company, apply an organic kelp fertilizer to the area around the gravesite and Stark monument.  This treatment will help boost the turf growth in the spring.  Thank you Tom Kelly!!

Many thanks to our Board members Winnie and Tom S. for providing homemade sweets for the volunteers; to Kerry for organizing the day and to Stephanie, Diana, and Tom C. for coming out and raking on such a bitterly cold, wet day!






Fall  2014  -   We are so grateful to these energetic and fun UNH students

Rededication of John Stark Park - Alex Nenopoulos, videographer

Gravesite Restoration Dedication Ceremony 


In addition to our Summer Concert Series, we annually have an Easter Egg hunt, celebrate General John Stark day in April, conduct viewings of movies in the park over summer, and do walking tours of the North End. View past pictures from those events

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