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Leominster

Leominster (pronounced Lemon-stah by the locals with a Boston accent) is a city with a population of 41,000 located west of Boston, Massachusetts. It is known as the birthplace of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, an American pioneer who introduced apple trees in Ohio, Indiana, and Ohio during the late 1700s and early 1800s. It is also home to Tri-Sum Potato Chips which have been around longer than any other potato chip brand. Their loyal customer base has allowed them to persevere for over 100 years since 1908. The city is also known for its significant role in the plastics industry.

Magnetic Hill

There are hundreds of magnetic hills located around the world. The following is a definition from Wikipedia.

“A Gravity hill, also known as a magnetic hill (and sometimes a mystery hill or a gravity road), is a place where the layout of the surrounding land produces the optical illusion that a very slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope. Thus, a car left out of gear will appear to be rolling uphill.”

I have been to Moncton's magnetic hill in New Brunswick, Canada which is very touristy and easy to find. It wasn't until recently that I learned about Leominster having one of its very own magnetic hills. This one, however, is more obscure and harder to find. Read more »

Man with a Beard

DSC04436aA local tale tells the story of a man ridiculed for wearing a beard. Joseph Palmer, a veteran of the War of 1812, was born in 1789 and died in 1873. It is said that he was the only man in the area to wear a full beard—and he was singled out for doing so. In the Evergreen Cemetery, engraved on his tombstone you'll find the words "Persecuted for wearing the beard." In the book entitled Weird New England there is a short article on this story.

There are also other accounts circulating on the web.

You can view a placemark of the tombstone's location here on my Google maps.