Everyone loves a great mystery, and everyone loves a love story. That’s why everyone in New Hampshire should know about Chicken Farmer Rock, a piece of granite covered in graffiti that has come to mean so much more.
The famous Chicken Farmer I Still Love You rock is found on the side of New Hampshire Route 103 in Newbury. Each year, thousands of motorists pass it. Locals refer to it by name and smile at the legend, while tourist flocking to Mount Sunapee and Lake Sunapee wonder what the message means.
Although no one quite knows the story, it has become one of New Hampshire's favorite legends.
In the 1980s, there was a small white house across Route 103, where a teenage girl lived. Somewhere in town was a boy who had a crush on her, but was too shy to come forward. Instead, he took his paint brush to the rock, proclaiming, "Chicken Farmer I Love You."
Over time the message faded, until one night in the early 2000s. The brush was trimmed back from the site, and the message was repainted, this time reading: "Chicken Farmer I Still Love You."
The graffiti became a landmark, and drivers and locals loved seeing the sign. However, in 2011 someone called the city to complain about graffiti, and the Department of Public Works removed the painting.
However, the space didn't remain empty for long. Soon after it was cleared, the message reappeared, much to the delight of local residents. In fact, they were so excited that townspeople petitioned to have the landmark protected, and the Department of Public Works assured the town that the message would remain undisturbed, and the love story (and the mystery of who does the painting) would live on.