About this listing
The Archibald Stark Room at historic Stark Barn, a 200+ year old barn built after the Revolutionary War on the Stark Family Farm in Dunbarton, NH. Stark Barn was tagged, dismantled, shipped and rebuilt as a rustic barn/lodge in Odessa, Florida.
Other rooms include the General John Stark Room, the Caleb Stark Room, the William Stark Room and the Molly Stark Room all individually listed on AirBNB.
Note: Florida Sales Tax and tourist tax will be added to your reservation.
The Archibald Stark Room on the second floor of Stark Barn is finished in its 200 year old barn rustic wood and offers a king size bed, antique dressers and wingback chairs in there adjoining sitting area, cable TV and private adjoining bathroom with claws foot tub.
Quests have access to the entire barn lodge. The 1st floor is the common area for use by all guests and includes wine room, laundry and bathroom, a professional kitchen, family/TV room, a chapel and two private offices reserved for your hosts. The barn lodge offers central air conditioning of all common areas and individual control of the temperature in each of the guest bedrooms.
The 2nd floor at Stark Barn is the private sleeping area offering three queen bedrooms (with community bath) and two large king suites (with private baths), The Archibald Stark Room and The John Stark Room both master bedrooms and a individual guest bedrooms The Caleb Stark Room, the William Stark Room and the Molly Stark Room. The master bedrooms offer king beds and the quest bedrooms offer queen beds with an additional 2nd floor sitting room equipped with pull out couch, leather easy chair and ottoman, cable TV, computer and writing desk.
The interior of the lodge also includes original barn wood offsetting drywall and used for all flooring planks throughout the barn. Even the kitchen cabinets and vanities are made from 200 year old original barn wood. The barn/lodge is outfitted with New England antiques and furniture from the 1700's and 1800's. We added modern beds and leather couches, love seats and reclining chairs for comfort for our guests.
Stark Barn has Cable TVs in all bedrooms, sitting areas and family rooms. Free internet access is available.
Guests are allowed access to the property adjoining the barn/lodge. There are pastures surrounding Stark Barn that have livestock and other animals owned by your hosts. For safety, guests are not allowed in the pastures without your hosts.
Interaction with guests
Your hosts live just three miles from Stark Barn and will welcome you personally, if in town. Summer months may find your hosts sailing S/Y Acadia out of homeport Newport, Rhode Island. Otherwise, a caretaker for Stark Farms lives on the property 24/7 in a separate building and is available to handle any of your needs.
Other things to note
The barn was said to be originally built by Major General John Stark for his son Caleb just after the Revolutionary War in Dunbarton, NH. There is a picture of Stark Barn in NH prior to dismantling, tagging and reconstruction in Odessa, FL.
John Stark was a General in the Continental Army who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill and Battle of Bennington and others. General Stark reinforce General George Washington's troops in Delaware. He was on the panel for the court martial of Major Benedict Arnold for treason and other high crimes. Stark coined the inspirational state motto for New Hampshire “live free or die".
John Stark's father and Caleb Stark's grandfather, Archibald Stark was born at Glasgow, Scotland in 1697, and received his education in the university of that city. When quite young, he went with his father to Londonderry, in the north of Ireland, where he married Eleanor Nichols, the daughter of a fellow immigrant from Scotland.
In 1720 he embarked for America in company with many of his country men, and after a tedious voyage in which his children died, the ship arrived in Boston in late autumn. Many of them arrived ill with smallpox, and they were not permitted to land, but went to the present town of Wiscasset, on the Maine coast, where they spent the winter.
The following year he joined the Scotch-Irish settlers in what is now called Londonderry, where he lived until 1736. His home was about two miles south of the village of East Derry. During that year (1736) his buildings were destroyed by fire, and instead of rebuilding he removed to Harrytown [Manchester] and settled on the Thaxter grant a short distance above Amoskeag falls. He built the house now standing at the east end of the Amoskeag bridge, which was occupied for many years by the widow of Jonas Page.
For the safety of the people in his immediate vicinity a fort was built at Amoskeag, which was called Starks' Fort. On the 9th of March 1747, he petitioned His Excellency, Benning Wentworth, Esq. , that a competent number of soldiers may be allowed him to be station at his garrison to guard and defend him and others in performing their necessary labors.
He was the first named grantee and one of the principal proprietors, and in compliment to him the town of Dunbarton was known as Starkstown for fourteen years, until 1765. Archibald Stark died in Derryfield [Manchester] 25 June, 1758 and was buried in what was known as the Christian brook cemetery, which was situated about where the north end of the Manchester locomotive works later stood. The bluff on which it was situated was some thirty or more feet high and close to Canal street, and was leveled to make way for a street that was put through just north of the locomotive works as then built. This street was afterwards discontinued so that the locomotive works could enlarge their plant and still have the same under one roof.
A low slate headstone in the south-westerly corner of the Valley cemetery marks the spot where the remains of Archibald Stark now repose, and bears this inscription: "HERE LYES THE BODY OF Mr. / ARCHIBALD STARK HE / Departed This Life June 25th / 1758 Aged 61 Years." / His wife was Eleanor "Hellen " Nichols whom he married in Londonderry, Ireland.
After the death of Archibald Stark, his land was divided among his four sons: William, John, Samuel and Archibald.
Come and relive history at Stark Barn; this is a very unique experience and a “must stay" as the 1776 era is depicted in pictures, books, antiques and in the spirit of the barn.
A book with the Memoir and Official Correspondence of General John Stark with Notices of Several Other Officers of the American Revolution written by his son Caleb Stark is available in each room
We expect our guests to care for Stark Barn as if it were their own. The barn wood and New England antiques that adorn the lodge are very hard to replace and deserve the finest care and respect.
Plenty of parking onsite. WARNING. You must cross an active bike trail to enter the grounds. We have our own stop signs and everyone must come to a full stop, look and listen.
Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
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John is a retired executive from the engineering and construction industry and Martha is a retired business executive a NYSE document solutions company.
Martha and I are living a Christian life with extended family and friends, farming, faith, favor, fun and fulfillment in Odessa, Florida. We have been blessed with preserving Stark Barn on our family farm at Stark Farms..We are boating folks blessed with blue water sailing New England on S/Y Acadia (Newport, Rhode Island) during the summer season.
Five things that we cannot live without - Jesus, each other, faith, family and friends.