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Meet U.S. Gen. John Stark-patriot in the flesh

Gen. John Stark, hero of the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington in 1777, comes back to life and visits Starksboro, the town named after him, on Friday, May 15. How is this possible? Join the Starksboro Historical Society and Starksboro Village Meeting House Society at 7:30 p.m. when historian and reenactor Karl Crannell of Ticonderoga, N.Y., comes to speak about this remarkable man.

The program will be held at the Village Meeting House on Route 116. Karl is the author of a book for young people on John Stark.

John Stark was involved in the construction of the Crown Point Road, built 250 years ago-in 1759, between Charlestown, N.H., and Crown Point, New York. The road ran across Vermont and not only facilitated travel in an easterly/westerly direction during the French and Indian War, but later was traveled by settlers coming in to this area.

During the Revolution Stark was active in the Northern Campaign, was in charge of one of the brigades at Mount Independence in Orwell, and was the leader of the victorious American forces at the Battle of Bennington on Aug. 16, 1777. A later reward for his services was being one of the proprietors of the Town of Starksboro when it was charted in 1780.

The program is free and open to the public.

Bring a cushion or blanket for your seat, if you like. The Starksboro Village Meeting House, built in 1838-40 in the Gothic Revival style, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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