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.
The Visitor Center at Fort Stark State Historic Site will be open for visitors every Saturday, Noon - 4:00 pm from Memorial Day until Labor Day. It is also open, weather permitting, on Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am. It has military artifacts and information about the 22nd Coastal Artillery which was headquartered at Fort Stark in New Castle during World War II. The area also has a walking trail with an information guide, a small beach and kayak access to the ocean and Little Harbor. There are no rest rooms and only limited parking.
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.
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.
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