Fort Stark State Historic Site
Fort Stark Historic Site is located on a peninsula historically called Jerry's Point on the southeast corner of New Castle Island. It overlooks the Piscataqua River, Little Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Fort Stark was named in honor of John Stark, commander of N.H. forces at the Battle of Bennington (1777). An unmarked walking trail traverses the ten-acre fort site. Please visit with caution! Fort Stark is a former military installation. Beware of dangers of unprotected stairs, high walls, rough ground and slippery rocks. Adult supervision of children is required. Map of Fort Stark Historic Site
See the whole album of historical photos from Fort Stark Historic Site, taken between 1940-1944 on our Facebook page.
Friends of Fort Stark
In recent years several individuals and groups have expressed an interest in preserving this unique environment. This past summer volunteer crews cleared brush, helping to open up the ocean view along the back side of the park, as well as uncover old gun batteries that had been overgrown. Due to these volunteer efforts, fleets of pleasure boats can be viewed from the park and Fort Stark has been reawakened and come alive again.
Continuing efforts by these and other individuals, along with help and support of New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation and Bureau of Historic Sites, resulted in not only a cleaned up look, but a park that is perfect for group picnics, kayaking, and various recreational activities.
Living History Event: August 20-21, 2016After last year’s very successful one day World War II Living History Event at Fort Stark, it has been decided to expand the event to an entire weekend. In conjunction with the Living History Association, the re-enactors hope to portray various military groups from the Revolutionary War until the present.
Some of the things which may be presented are: Camp setups, military vehicles, field offices, the home front and displays of military memorabilia which will allow the public to interact and learn about life for men and women during the wars. Reenactors will be dressed in period military and civilian attire to help represent the branches of the military as well as those who supported the war effort at home.
The Civil War ladies will demonstrate a camp laundry and ladies’ fashions. Other eras will have similar demonstrations which they will present. Some military groups may be able to give a presentation on how to properly load and fire their muskets and military drills may be given at various times during the day.
As the planning for this event is only just beginning, you can find more up-to-date information and schedules at Fort Stark’s Facebook page. We hope you’ll be able to attend.