Kids day out in Molly Stark State Park

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705 Route 9 East
Wilmington VT

About Molly Stark State Park

Welcome to Molly Stark State Park, named for the famous wife of General John Stark of the Revolutionary War. The park is located along the Molly Stark Trail Scenic Byway (State Route 9), the main east-west route in Southern Vermont that connects Brattleboro, Wilmington and Bennington.

The Starks hailed from New Hampshire, where John Stark was a respected and successful road builder.  Stark was moved to join the cause of American Independence, and received a commission in the First New Hampshire Regiment.   Stark was influential and persuasive enough to recruit many men to fight for the Continental Army.  He attained the rank of General by early 1777.  Stark inspired his New Hampshire Volunteers the eve before the Battle of Bennington, fought on August 16, 1777, by proclaiming “Now, my men, yonder are the Hessians!  Tonight, the American flag flies over yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow!”

Elizabeth “Molly” Paige Stark was an accomplished and independent woman by her own right; she raised 11 children, teaching them to read and write.  She was strong willed and social, and didn’t bow to her husband’s demands.  She was instrumental to the American success at the Battle of Bennington; after the General departed west from New Hampshire, Molly recruited more men for the New Hampshire Militia.  She even converted her homestead barn into a hospital to care for wounded from both sides.   The approximate westward route that Stark and his Volunteers followed is commemorated by the Molly Stark Trail Scenic Byway.

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