Lisbon Falls, ME (Moxie Days & Stephen King)

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.

LouiseInPerson- Lisbon Falls

LouiseInPerson- Lisbon Falls

LouiseInPerson- Lisbon Falls

LouiseInPerson- Lisbon Falls

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.

LouiseInPerson- Lisbon Falls

LouiseInPerson- Lisbon Falls

LouiseInPerson- Lisbon Falls, ME

LouiseInPerson- Lisbon Falls, ME

LouiseInPerson- Lisbon Falls

LouiseInPerson- Lisbon Falls, ME

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. 🙂

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4 comments
  1. Monica said:

    Wow, beautiful pictures! I am adding Lisbon Falls to my travel list. 🙂

  2. Hi Louise,
    If you like cooking, you might want to enter the Moxie Recipe Contest, which will be held on the Friday afternoon before the parade. There’s a lot to love about Lisbon Falls and it’s sweet that you can see it even though you’re not from there.

    • Thank you so much for the info on the Moxie Recipe Contest! That sounds like so much fun! Also, thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I will definitely be visiting sweet Lisbon Falls again soon! 🙂

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