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Lisbon, Maine And The Moxie Festival

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This entry in the "For Namesake" blog is about Lisbon, Maine, home of the World Famous Moxie Festival which takes place this year on July 11 - 13.

 

 

Moxie is a unique New England soft drink with a taste that you have to experience for yourself. Moxie started out as a "Nerve Food" and was first introduced by Dr. Augustin Thompson of Union, Maine as a patent medicine in 1876. Back then it was given out by the spoonful to cure any number of medical conditions. In 1884 Dr Thompson began to market it as a soft drink. You may learn all about Moxie and this years festival at: http://moxiefestival.com Come join in the fun and try some Moxie, it really is very good.

Moxie Bottle

Lisbon, Maine (43.996006, -70.061090) http://mapjam.com/lisbonmaine

 

Lisbon, Maine is a town of 9,009 located in Androscoggin County along Maine Route 196. Within the town of Lisbon there is a Census Designated Place (CDP) called Lisbon Falls, where Moxie Soft Drinks originated, with a population of 4,420. Lisbon lies along the Androscoggin River, ten miles southeast of Auburn, the county seat. The closest colleges and universities are Bates College in Lewiston, Bowdoin College in Brunswick and Southern New Hampshire University of Maine in Brunswick. Auburn has Central Maine Community College, which offers associates degrees.

 

The town of Lisbon proclaims the area was settled as early as 1628, however, evidence suggests that only part time settlers were in the area at that time, and full time settlers did not arrive until 1766. Between then and 1800, several saw mills and grist mills were being operated in the region. The area at that time was part of the town of Bowdoin, until 1799 when it was incorporated as the Town of Thomsonborough. Wanting a shorter name, in 1802 the residents changed the name to Lisbon, after the Portugal capital city. The mills in the area continued and were greatly expanded in the 1860’s when the Worumbo, Farwell and Farnsworth mills were erected, employing hundreds of workers. Most of the mills are gone now except for a lumber mill near the Little River Bridge, which has been in operation at that site for nearly 200 years. Lisbon has always been a melting pot of many nationalities including English, French, Slovak and German. Lisbon Falls is now a part of the town of Lisbon, however at one time there was such a rivalry between the two, that a marriage between someone from Lisbon and Lisbon Falls was considered a “mixed marriage”. Sports have always been important in Lisbon and at one time they had a semi professional baseball team called the Worumbo Indians. [1] [2]

 

In Lisbon you may visit the Maine Art Glass Studio and Sanctuary Gallery. Lisbon holds an annual Moxie festival every summer. There are also several historical structures listed on the National Register of Historical Places including Cushman Tavern, Farwell Mill, Shiloh Temple, St. Cyril & St. Methodius Church and Worumbo Mill. Nearby Auburn offers the Androscoggin Historical Society, Androsoggin County Courthouse, Auburn Fire Department Museum, Bel Air Flight Tours, Full Moon Alpacas & Country Store, Knight House Museum and Lewiston/Auburn Little Theater. Just across the river, Lewiston has the Bates College Museum of Art, Great Falls Balloon Festival, Lewiston/Auburn Arts, Lewiston/Auburn Arts Gallery 5, Lewiston Maineiacs Hockey, Maine Music Society, Museum Lewiston/Auburn, Northeast Charter Tours and the Public Theater. In Brunswick you may see the Bayview Gallery, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Bowdoin International Music Festival, C.G. Jung Center, Crystal Spring Farm, Five Rivers Art Alliance, Joshua L Chamberlain Museum, Maine State Music Theater, Peary-Macmillan Artic Museum, Pejepscot Historical Society Museums, Skofield-Whittier House, Spindleworks Art Center, The Theater Project and VSA Gallery.

 

For fishing visit A1 Schenk’s Fishing Guide Service in Lewiston or Captain Doug Jowett Fishing Tours in Brunswick. For boating there is Lake Auburn Dresden, the large Sebago Lake or Seaspray Kayaking Tours in Brunswick. Winter Skiing is available at Lost Valley Ski near Auburn. Near Freeport there are some sand dunes known as the Desert of Maine. There are several state parks in the area including Bradbury Mountain State Park, Peacock Beach State Park, Popham Beach State Park, Range Ponds State Park, Reid State Park, Sebago Lake State Park and Thomcrag Bird Sanctuary. Near Popham Beach State Park is the Fort Popham State Historical Site.

 

Famous persons from Lisbon include humorist and author John Gould and horror writer Steven King. United States Senator Olympia Snowe, lives in nearby Auburn.

 

Paris, Maine another "For Namesake" town is located 30 miles northwest of Lisbon.

 

All "For Namesake" towns are from my book "For Namesake, a Travel Book - Places in AMerica Inspired by Famous World Cities". [3]

 

Notes:

 

1. http://www.lisbonmainehistory.org

 

2. http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=2200

 

3. http://www.amzn.com/B00CBM6JFK

 

Picture Credit: Balloons Over Androscoggin River in Auburn near Lisbon, Maine. (Wikimedia Commons - Kevin Fellow Public Domain)

 



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