I decided I probably shouldn't be walking around with a guy's name on my shirt that doesn't start with M.
Anyway! If you're an Anne-fan too, I would highly recommend visiting Cavendish, Prince Edward Island - the home of L.M. Montgomery and the inspiration for Avonlea. A word of caution - don't think that the "Green Gables" farmhouse is the one used in the movie... it's not. Instead, it's the place that she visited often; it served as the inspiration for her book and was actually owned by some distant cousins.
|Green Gables is full of period antiques and Anne inspired touches. It's easy to imagine Anne living there. Check out her broken slate, above.|
Fun fact #2: Lucy Maud's relatives still own the property where she was raised by her grandparents and operate a bookstore there. The house itself isn't there anymore, but the foundation is... and there's scope for the imagination!
|L.M. Montgomery's grave in Cavendish Cemetery|
Fun fact #3: Lucy Maud is buried in the Cavendish Cemetery with her husband. I find it interesting that of all the epitaphs she could have had written on her tombstone, she chose "wife".
- Visit the first week of June when things are just starting to open - you can avoid the crowds that way and it's not hot yet.
- Start at Green Gables Heritage Place- pay to see both Green Gables and the Lucy Maud Montgomery homestead (saves a few dollars).
- Watch the short video about L.M. Montgomery and check out the exhibit in the information center.
- Wander around the barn and pretend to milk a cow.
|Don't try this at home...unless home is a farm.|
- Walk through the house and imagine what it would have been like to live there. Chat with the guides.
- If the weather's nice, take a stroll down Lover's Lane.
- Take LOTS of pictures.
- Then, if you're not too tired, walk down the Balsam Hollow trail to the site of the Cavendish school, then, across the street and up the trail to the Lucy Maud Montgomery homestead.
|The remains of L.M. Montgomery's home|
- At the homestead, pick up a book or two at the bookstore and chat it up with one of the relatives about Lucy Maud's life... we learned so much about her that way!
- Next, continue down the "shortcut" to the church and post office and finish at the Cemetery, where you can see her final resting place.
- Hungry yet? I highly recommend Rachael's Ristorante in Cavendish... awesome seafood and artisan bread. YUM! M said the pizza was great too, but he polished it off on his own.
- Relax after dinner with a stroll on Cavendish beach.
- Last, but not least, enjoy spending time with those you love!