John Stark Day

Saturday June 29, 2019
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

line of militia men firing muskets

During the American Revolution, Charlestown was an assembly point for 1,500 Colonial troops under General John Stark. The New Hampshire Militia left town and marched to engage "Gentleman" John Burgoyne in the 1777 Battle of Bennington.

Join us on Saturday, June 29th to learn about Stark's call for the men of New Hampshire to fight for freedom.

Schedule of Activities

10:00 am Museum opens
11:00 am Mustering of the troops: Everyone on site is invited to join in on the drill using training arms. Adults and children alike are encouraged to join us.
12:00 pm Nooning (Lunch): Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy your repast at our picnic tables.
1:30 pm Mustering of the troops: Everyone on site is invited to join in on the drill using training arms. Adults and children alike are encouraged to join us.
3:00 pm Special Presentation: General John Stark; A Fresh Look at the Man behind our Motto by historian TJ Cullinane. See below for more details.
4:30 pm Museum closes

General John Stark; A Fresh Look at the Man behind our Motto

Although little remembered today outside of New Hampshire, General John Stark, a first-generation Ulster Scot born and raised in the area once known as Nutfield, now Derry, NH, played pivotal roles in both the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. The inspirational leadership he displayed in the latter conflict saw him singled out for praise by such leaders as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Local historian T.J. Cullinane will take us back in time to vividly illustrate just how far removed Stark’s extraordinary achievements were from the quaint imagery that many of us still associate with the battles waged outside the gates of the Fort at Number Four. Cullinane will strive to remind us why Stark is considered one of the Granite State’s greatest heroes and worthy of accolades.

About the Presenter

T.J. Cullinane received his education at Salem State University and the University of Oklahoma. After completing a 20-year career as an infantryman in the United States Army, he settled in Derry, New Hampshire, the birthplace of General Stark. Currently employed in the aero-space Industry in Massachusetts, T.J. is a Past Department Commander of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and serves as an active volunteer with the Derry History Museum and the Derry Heritage Commission.

Saturday June 29, 2018 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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