NH Club Notes: Gen. John Stark House in Manchester to be part of garden tour next week

July 05. 2018 7:30PM
Trish Jackson, left, the Molly Stark Chapter DAR's honorary regent, current treasurer and Stark House manager, joins Regent Shannon Croteau in displaying a portrait of Martha Cilley Bouton Clarke, which will hang in the Stark House during the summer and be on public display during a Friends of Stark Park garden tour on Saturday, July 14. (COURTESY)

MANCHESTER — The Stark House, the boyhood home of Revolutionary War Gen. John Stark, has undergone some extensive renovations to maintain its historical integrity. The public will be able to see the results when the Stark House is open for tours as part of the “A Patch of Color Garden Tour” sponsored by the Friends of Stark Park on Saturday, July 14.

The self-guided garden tour, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., also will feature several private gardens in the vicinity of Stark Park on River Road and the Gen. Stark gravesite.

The garden tour will begin at Stark Park, where the tour program book and map of the garden locations will be available. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 in Stark Park, starting at 9 a.m. The rain date is Sunday, July 15.

The tour of the Stark House, which is owned and operated by the Molly Stark Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will include the inside of the home, the outside landscaping as well as a presentation on the 1968 house move, which brought the Stark House from its original location by the Amoskeag Falls to its present location at 2000 Elm St.

Due to the cooperative efforts of Wendy Stanley Jones, regent of the New Hampshire State Organization DAR, and the Manchester Historical Association, the Stark House also will exhibit a framed giclée print of Martha Cilley Bouton Clarke. The original black-and-white photo portrait is the property of the National Society of Colonial Dames and hangs in the Moffatt-Ladd House in Portsmouth. Mrs. Clarke was the organizing chapter regent of the Molly Stark Chapter, which was formed Oct. 21, 1892. She later went on to be the New Hampshire state regent.

For more about the garden tour or Friends of Stark Park or to buy tickets, go to www.starkpark.com/gardentour.

For information on DAR membership, contact Molly Stark Chapter registrar Julie Morrow at julielynnford@yahoo.com or (517) 927-4686.

Strafford club’s ice cream social and raffle scholarship fundraiser

STRAFFORD — The Strafford Women’s Club is sponsoring an ice cream social and pick-a-prize raffle from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bow Lake Grange Hall, 569 Province Road.

The money raised will be used for college scholarships and community projects.

Those who attend will be able to create their own sundae from several ice cream flavors and toppings. The cost is $3 for a small sundae; $4 for a large; and 50 cents extra to add a homemade brownie.

The club says there’s plenty of indoor seating to enjoy the sundaes and socialize.

Tickets will be sold at the door for the sundaes and the raffle, which will be drawn at the end of a second social scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Grange Hall.

For more about the club or the socials, call 664-2615.

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