Photo from the Road: New England Village

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Photo from the Road: New England Village

I didn’t plan on visiting Stark Village in New Hampshire. In fact, I drove right past it. Then I slowed the car down and pulled a U-turn, recognizing it was a special place.

To me Stark was a classic New England village. It had a church, a covered bridge, a cemetery, an inn, and a village school. It’s set straddling the Upper Ammonoosuc River between two national forests.

The town was granted in 1774, but was renamed in 1832 after General John Stark, who penned New Hampshire’s motto “Live free or die”.

Interestingly enough, I later learned that Stark was home to POW camp where German soldiers were kept until 1946.

Stark Village 1774

Union Church Stark

Stark Village School

Stark covered bridge

Upper Ammonoosuc River from Stark covered bridge

inside stark covered bridge

covered bridge Stark

Stark Village Inn

cemetary in Stark New Hampshire

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Juno says:

    I’m glad we stopped there. I didn’t know covered bridges are special in New England. Didn’t know Stark Village was that many different historical meanings. The mail box on the bridge was very interesting.

  2. Shivya says:

    It looks so beautiful and peaceful. And the name ‘Stark’ somehow does justice to how your pictures depict the village.

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