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Molly Stark, Feminist, War Hero, Vermont State Park
The Molly Stark Vermont State Park’s namesake, Elizabeth “Molly” Paige Stark, wife of General John Start of the Battle of Bennington, was an accomplished and independent woman, raising and educating 11 children and even converting her home into a triage hospital during the Battle of Bennington. She taught her children to read and was strong-willed and social. And the park was founded in 1939 and named after her on a spot that the Civilian Conservation Corps had already established in 1932.
Located just off Vermont Route 9 (aka The Molly Stark Byway), The Molly Stark Vermont State Park blends pastoral fields, bucolic forests, and majestic mountain views of Mt. Olga rising to the east. Hike to the top of the old fire tower for panoramic views or camp onsite for the weekend. Park amenities include 23 tent/RV sites, 11 lean-to sites, a restroom with flush toilets, hot and cold running water, and coin-operated showers. The park also has a picnic pavilion that can be rented.