Please allow us to introduce our farm. Stark Farms is comprised of roughly 55 acres of land in the Odessa area of Hillsborough County, Florida. The property is home to a 1700's historical barn, a manor house, stables and more. Our mission is to promote the goodness of God, Family and Country!
The Barn at Stark Farms is a historic 230+ year old hand-hewn, post and beam barn that was professionally tagged and dismantled in New Hampshire in the summer of 2013, trucked to Odessa, Florida later that year and painstakingly reconstructed over the next 2.5 years.
Circa 1700's - Hand Built in Dunbarton, NH
The barn was built in the late 1700’s on the Stark Family Farm in Dunbarton, New Hampshire. John Stark, a General in the Continental Army, and his son Caleb both served with distinction in the Revolutionary War.
General John Stark and his New Hampshire militia fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill, then the battle of Bennington and other battles; he also reinforced General George Washington’s tattered army in Delaware. General Stark served on the panel for the court martial of Major Benedict Arnold. General Stark also penned the state motto for New Hampshire “live free or die”.
A portrait of General Stark hangs in the White House and was donated by Jacquelin Kennedy, wife of the late President John F Kennedy.
Circa 2014 - Rebuilt in Odessa, FL
The Barn at Stark Farms promotes Florida Agritourism. The farm is a 15 acre+/- parcel within Hillsborough County with agricultural rural zoning and a “greenbelt”, a necessary requirement for Florida Agritourism.
Stark Farms is approximately one mile west of the Suncoast Highway on Lutz Lake Fern Road. The farm has full frontage on the Upper Tampa Bay Trail, a paved recreational biking, jogging and walking trail. The trail head for the Upper Tampa Bay Trail is adjacent to Stark Farms.
The overarching theme of the Barn at Stark Farms will be “God, Family and Country” to inform children about America’s Judeo Christian beginnings, the importance of family and the sacrifices our forefathers made for liberty and religious freedom as well as an appreciation of American agriculture and its progress from colonial times.