General John Stark Byway


  • DesignationState Byway
  • LocationNH
  • Length34 miles
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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
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New Hampshire Department of Transportation
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General John Stark Byway


New Hampshire’s motto “Live Free or Die” has been attributed to the state’s best-known hero, General John Stark, renowned for his Revolutionary leadership in the Battles of Bunker Hill (1775) and Bennington (1777).

The four byway towns share many common elements beyond the General. The Piscataquog River, which flows alongside much of the route, became a valuable resource during the Industrial Revolution in the late 19th century. Throughout the year, there are fairs and festivals that celebrate the region’s rural culture. The Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair in New Boston and the annual Goffstown Pumpkin Weigh–Off and Regatta are just a couple of examples of these celebrations that attract visitors from around the state and beyond.

Aside from its rich history, the byway captures the beauty and charm of quintessential small-town NH. Picturesque villages, open farmlands, and rolling hills can be viewed along the route. Nearby conservation areas protect the natural features, open space, and forest lands of the region. Driving the GJSSB offers the visitor an “off-the-beaten path” experience through a distinctive, little known part of New England.

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