General John Stark Gravesite Dedication Ceremony
On September 14, 2014 the Friends of Stark Park celebrated the completed renovation of the General John Stark family gravesite located in Stark Park. University of New Hampshire Professor Jack Resch was the keynote speaker. Mayor Ted Gatsas also said a few words and the New Hampshire Society of the Sons of the American Revolution were part of the celebration as was the New Boston Artillery Company.
General John Stark is the hero of the American Revolutionary war who led the defeat of the British at the Battle of Bennington in 1777. Born in Londonderry, New Hampshire in 1728 his family moved to Manchester eight years later. He joined the Rangers during the French and Indian wars and returned to the military immediately following the Battle of Lexington and Concord.
Renovations to the gravesite included restoring the hand forged black iron fence that wraps around the site, replacing the roadway in front of the site with a pathway, and replacing the decorative urn that was stolen by vandals years ago.
Oak Hill Construction of Framingham, MA restored the cement pillars and curbing. Cassidy Bros. Forge of Rowley did MA the restoration of the fencing.