'Ballymena', derived from the Irish 'An Baile Meánach' meaning Middle Town, is literally the middle town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Founded in 1626, this little town, formerly a small shopping village, is now a thriving well established centre of Commerce. Situated in the Glens Of Antrim there are many tourist attractions such as the neighboring village of Cullybackey where there is a restored eighteenth century farmhouse that was the ancestral home of the 21st President of the United States of America it is open to visitors all year round. Named the Arthur Cottage (after Chester Alan Arthur) it is a picturesque thatched-roofed dwelling, which has retained all the original features (including an open hearth).


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