I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Lisbon Falls only twice, once in the summer and once in the winter. Lisbon Falls is a small town with seemingly few attractions but in fact, there are some neat facts delved in the history of this little treasure.
We first decided to stop in during the town’s annual Moxie Days festival wherein by Moxie, the first mass- produced soft drink, is celebrated for all its divine glory. Moxie is such a big deal that it was named the official soft drink of Maine on May 10, 2005. It was created around 1876 by Dr. Augustin Thompson who named the soft drink after his friend, Lieutenant Moxie, who purportedly discovered a rare South American extract used in Moxie. Originally, the drink was marketed as a method of fighting paralysis and nervousness. After this silliness, Moxie was deemed as “a delicious blend of bitter and sweet, a drink to satisfy everyone’s taste.” That’s more like it.
Nowadays when soda comes to mind, we think Coke or Pepsi, but if you want to try something uniquely different and a true original, try Moxie. I was pleasantly surprised.
In addition to Moxie madness, the infamous horror writer, Stephen King attended the high school here in Lisbon Falls where his interest in horror began. Often times, King will base his novels’ fictional towns off Lisbon Falls, where he grew up. Lisbon Falls was once a mill town before enduring a fire. It seems as though several New England towns have met with a great fire or two in their history.
In summation, I encourage you to visit Lisbon Falls (especially during Moxie Days) to not only support a small town but to absorb a chunk of neat history and obtain some potential Jeopardy knowledge. 🙂