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Cullybackey is a large village to the North West of Ballymena. There is much discussion as to the derivation of the name including ‘The Woodland of the Birch Trees’, ‘The Corner of the Spades’ or ‘The Lame Dog’s Leap’. Take your pick, there is evidence to support them all.
The village nestles in the valley of the River Maine and has a proud history of farming, corn milling, linen bleaching, fishing and iron working. It is served by a rail connection to Belfast and Londonderry and has a network of roads to service the local area.
The ancestral home of Chester Alan Arthur the 21st President of the United States America overlooks the village and incorporates interpretative centre, thatched cottage, displays of farm machinery and implements from the past.