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Enjoy a 1786 Historic "Treasure"- Molly Stark

SuperhostOdessa, Florida, United States
Private room in barn hosted by John And Martha
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1.5 shared baths
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Molly Stark Room - Enjoy a circa 1786 Revolutionary War era, relocated NH barn/lodge filled with New England antiques located on a working farm surrounded by wilderness preserves and bike trails. The Tampa Tribune calls Stark Barn "a museum that you can sleep in".

Other rooms in the barn/lodge include The Major General John Stark, the Caleb Stark, The William Stark and the Archibald Stark rooms, all listed on AirBNB.
If this room booked, please look at the availability of these rooms.

The space
The Molly Stark Bedroom on the second floor of Stark Barn is set apart in its 200 year old barn rustic wood beams and offers a queen size bed, antique dressers, cable TV and shared hallway bathroom and shower. Two master bedrooms with private bath are located on the same floor; if those rooms are unoccupied, then guests can use those bathrooms.

Guest access
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 John Stark Master Bedroom and The Caleb Stark Master Bedroom, and a guest bedrooms The Anna Stark Bedroom, The William Stark Bedroom and The Archibald Stark Bedroom. The master bedrooms offer king beds and the quest bedrooms offer queen beds with 2nd floor sitting area equipped with 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.

Other things to note
The barn was said to be originally built by Major General John Stark for his son Caleb. John Stark was a Major General in the Continental Army who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill and Battle of Bennington, Stark coined the inspirational state motto for New Hampshire “live free or die". 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.

The daughter of John Stark, Molly Stark was born 9 Sep 1773 in Derryfield NH and died 13 Jan 1828 in Detroit, Michigan. She was married 7 Aug 1802 to Major Benjamin Franklin Stickney, son of Anthony & Ruth (Brown Coffin) Stickney. Major Benjamin Franklin Stickney, came into the Maumee valley of Ohio as early as 1812, not 1816, as supposed. He was Indian agent at Fort Wayne, and took a prominent part in its defense against the Indians, who besieged it in August and September 1812. He was the Indian Agent for the United States at Fort Wayne, and was acting General of the left wing of Gen. Jackson's army, which was composed of Indians (of whom he had a great influence, and whom they called their white Father and Chief) at the battle fought at New Orleans, and was highly complimented by Jackson for his bravery. He was a man of good abilities, fine appearance and good moral character.

After leaving Fort Wayne about 1820, he settled at Swan Creek OH, and he and Samuel Allen founded Vistula, which became part of Toledo. There was a question of boundary between Ohio and Michigan, and Stickney was the leader in the "secession" of the Toledo settlement from Ohio to Michigan, and afterwards, during times of canal speculation, back to Ohio. The last move resulted in the Toledo war of 1835. Of this Stickney was a hero. His eccentricities furnished much amusement, especially his selection of names for his children, the boys being dubbed One, Two, etc., and the girls named after states. [from Maumee Valley and pioneers : a paper by Charles E. Bliven; 1880, 44 pgs. page 36 comes the following]

"From letters found among his papers, it is probable he owed his appointment as such, to the influence of those who stood high in the confidence of President Madison, who evidently wishes to placate that old revolutionary hero, General John Stark, to whom Stickney was related, as between Stark and the President there was apparently some difference of opinion. Major Stickney enjoyed the confidence and esteem not only of prominent men of his day; as shown by correspondence, now in possession of his grandson, Benj. F.S. Card, Flint, Michigan, to whom we are indebted for their examination. He also enjoyed the respect of his fellow pioneers in this valley, although many of them were unable to appreciate his so-called visionary schemes in regard to a ship canal, or water, route, and in later years, a rail route from the Miami of Lake Erie to the foot of Lake Michigan; as well as a canal to the Ohio, and also a canal and subsequently a railroad from the lake to the Mississippi, and particularly that the Maumee, or Mi-a-mi, as he pronounced it, would be lined with docks, from the mouth of Swan creek to opposite his farm.

All of these schemes, save one, have already been fully realized, and within the period of a life time. The exception, a canal or water route from the foot of Lake Michigan to the head of Lake Erie, has already had thousands expended upon the survey, and construction of a harbor. Major Stickney was a lineal descendant from Benjamin Franklin, after whom he was named, and his father was one of Franklin's legatees, as is evidenced by a receipt on file among his papers, a rare curiosity bearing date 1794. He was a queer compound of a man--a bundle of inconsistencies. He had great knowledge of Indian customs, character, habit and dialects, of which he was familiar with more than twenty.

Major Stickney lived for many years in a log house upon his farm, which extended nearly a mile along the bank of the river at Toledo OH. This gave way to the first brick house built in Port Lawrence township--quite a pretentious structure--situated about the northeast corner of Summit and Bush streets, and stood until about 1852, when it also gave way to a more modern building, erected by the Hon. D.O. Morton. A portion of the brick in the Stickney mansion were put into Stickney Hall, built by Judge Dunlap, and for many years the only regular place for theatrical amusements in Toledo."

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

Stark Barn is located one mile from the Suncoast Expressway, a toll road linking with Tampa Airport and close to the cities of Tampa, Stark Barn offers a large stone front porch with rocking chairs all for watching bicyclers and joggers traversing on the Upper Tampa Bay Trail.
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.
Molly Stark Room - Enjoy a circa 1786 Revolutionary War era, relocated NH barn/lodge filled with New England antiques located on a working farm surrounded by wilderness preserves and bike trails. The Tampa Tribune calls Stark Barn "a museum that you can sleep in".

Other rooms in the barn/lodge include The Major General John Stark, the Caleb Stark, The William Stark and the Archibald Stark rooms, all liste…

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Odessa, Florida, United States

Stark Barn is located in Odessa, Florida, a semi-rural equestrian community 20 minutes outside Tampa, Florida. The lodge fronts on a dedicated paved bike trail which traverses through protected wilderness areas and extends three counties north along the Suncoast Highway to Hernando County, Florida.
The Upper Tampa Bay Trail is located in residential northwest Hillsborough County. Although some missing links, eventually the Upper Tampa Bay Bike Trail will connects to the Suncoast Trail just one mile from Stark Barn. Eventually, the Tampa Bay Bike Trail will connect Stark Barn to St Petersburg, Florida when the missing links are complete.

The Suncoast Trail is a 42-mile paved trail that stretches from Hillsborough County through Pasco and ending in Hernando County. The shared path is owned by Florida Department of Transportation, Turnpike Enterprise, and operated and maintained by the three counties' Parks and Recreation Departments. The majority of the trail is in Pasco County which is 21.6 miles long.
This trail is part of Florida's statewide system of greenways and trails. You can explore maps and descriptions for this and other trails in Florida at their website. There are benches along the entire trail and some sheltered tables as well. You will find two wildlife viewing areas on the Pasco section of the trail. Current access to the trail is available at all crossing of public roads.
You will find certain amenities at some of the intersections such as a port-o-let, restroom, public telephone, water supply or cooler and four information kiosks.
Stark Barn also lies within the Brooker Creek Headwaters, a 1,100 acre wilderness preserve that surrounds the Stark Barn property with hiking trails clearly marked by Hillsborough County. Deer and turkey roam the wilderness area daily and most times join our livestock in our farm property.
Stark Farm is one of two private properties within the Brooker Creek Headwaters. The headwaters preserve contain the largest area of contiguous natural habitat remaining in northwest Hillsborough County, public ownership of this preserve ensures protection of important wildlife habitat and the site's wetlands, which serve as the headwaters of the Brooker Creek system. This property includes a mosaic of forested swamps, floodplains and low-lying uplands. The uplands include pine flatwoods, xeric oak hammocks, and mixed hardwood and pine prairies.

Since 1993, Hillsborough County staff has performed a number of resource inventories that identified an abundance of wildlife and vegetation, some of which are considered threatened or endangered. For this reason, recreational activities on the property are limited to walking and hiking. Jointly acquired by the District and Hillsborough County, the property is managed by Hillsborough County.
Stark Barn is located in Odessa, Florida, a semi-rural equestrian community 20 minutes outside Tampa, Florida. The lodge fronts on a dedicated paved bike trail which traverses through protected wilderness areas…

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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.
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 C…
During your stay
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.
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 Is…
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House rules
Check-in: After 3:00 pm
Checkout: 11:00 am
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
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