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Derby Line’s Haskell Opera House & Library and The Beatles?

Beatles Derby Line Haskell

Haskell Opera House & Library – Straddling Two Countries

If you visit the Haskell Free Library and Opera House in Derby Line, VT you may want to have your passport in order. A line of the floor marks the border of the United States on one side and Canada on the other. The library and opera house cornerstone was laid in 1901 and opened on June 7, 1904. The library’s reading room straddles the border between the two countries.

There is an unsubstantiated rumor that back in the early 70s the Beatles had planned to meet at the library. John Lennon wasn’t allowed into the USA at the time. Three of the Beatles could have sat on the US side of the line while John could have sat in the same room, just a few inches away, on the Canadian side. Whether or not the Beatles rumor is true, the library is would certainly be a convenient location for an international meeting of the most unusual kind.

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