History in the Community
This page is hosted by the Manchester Historic Association as a courtesy to let our constituents know about history-related activities and programs taking place in the community. This information is updated frequently, so please check back for further details, developments and links!
Friends of Stark Park
Stark Park, located on North River Road in Manchester, was once part of the farm owned by General John Stark of Revolutionary War fame. General Stark is buried in the family burial ground in this city park, and the park's most prominent feature is a large-scale equestrian statue of Stark. The Friends of Stark Park is a membership organization with a mission to develop, revitalize, maintain, and protect the heritage and recreational use of Stark Park as an historic asset of the City of Manchester.
Click on the Friends of Stark Park website for additional information about their activities.
The General John Stark Scenic Byway
Your route through history...
The General John Stark Scenic Byway is a 34 mile circular route that connects the towns of Goffstown, Dunbarton, Weare and New Boston, New Hampshire. It is named in honor of New Hampshire's best known Revolutionary War hero, General John Stark. Stark was instrumental in leading the fight at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775 and the Battle of Bennington in 1777. He is the source of the state's motto "Live Free or Die." There are many historical points of interest along the route that refer back to the Stark family and the Revolutionary War era, along with other periods of history. The route was officially designated a State Scenic Byway in 2008 and is an important part of the areas’ economic development, historic preservation, and scenic and natural resources protection efforts. Look for special events from time to time, organized by the participating communities. For further information, please visit the National Scenic Byways Program website listing. Also, visit the Millyard Museum to see a display focusing on General John Stark.
New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society
The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire
Founded in 1995 the New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society (NHAHS) is a non-profit organization with the mission to preserve the history of aviation in the state, and to promote the advancement and dissemination of aviation knowledge. The Society manages the operation of the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire. NHAHS's offices and the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire are located on the grounds of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, in a historic 1937 terminal building, which has been authentically restored to its Art Deco glory. For a schedule of programs and additional information about the society and museum, please visit the New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society website.
Friends of the Valley Cemetery and Arboretum
Preserving Manchester's "Garden Cemetery"
The Valley Cemetery, which opened in 1841, is one of the country's first burial places designed as a "garden" or "rural" cemetery. The cemetery's meandering paths lead the visitor through a landscape of beautiful native and ornamental trees. A bubbling brook once flowed through the valley, and the cemetery was adorned with decorative wooden gazebos and bridges. The Friends of the Valley Cemetery and Arboretum work to preserve the natural and man-made beauty of the cemetery. For information, click on the Friends' website.
Want to learn more about the Valley Cemetery? A self-guided walking tour map, "The Valley Cemetery - A Rural Cemetery for an Industrial City" is available at the Manchester Historic Association Museum Shop for $1. The tour includes the gravesites of several founders of the city, and other interesting residents of Manchester in the 19th century.