GREEN Gables Heritage Place, in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, is the heart of a tourist industry related exclusively to local author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and her novels – most notably, Anne of Green Gables (and the seven books that followed). Located within the farmhouse that inspired Anne’s Avonlea home, the Green Gables Heritage Place has been furnished with period settings and items reminiscent of the books, such as a black shawl for Marilla, and a brown dress with puffed sleeves for Anne. Extensive renovation work has restored not just the house, but also the surrounding farm buildings, to their late-19th Century glory.
Originally built in 1831, the Green Gables farm belonged to cousins of L.M. Montgomery’s grandfather, David and Margaret Macneill. Like Marilla and Matthew in the books, they were brother and sister and did not have children of their own. Ownership of the house passed to their niece, who sold it to the government in 1936 when it became part of the Prince Edward Island National Park. The park itself had been established soon after Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908, as it was an instant success and soon began drawing visitors to the island who wanted to see where Anne lived.
Although L.M. Montgomery did not grow up living at Green Gables, the farmhouse would have been familiar to her as she spent her childhood outdoors, exploring the island and uncovering its paths, woods and waterways. Visitors to the farmhouse can make these discoveries for themselves as well, with the Haunted Wood, Lover’s Lane and even the Lake of Shining Waters close by.
Green Gables is only open to the public during the summer months (May – October), with limited appointments available during the off season (April and November). During the summer, particularly July and August, the island features a variety of Anne-themed festivities, including performances of Anne of Green Gables – The Musical, and the opportunity to dress up as Anne – complete with a straw hat and red-haired plaits.
Physical address: 8619 Route 6, Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Phone number: +1 902 963-7874
Business hours: May 1 – October 31: 9am – 5pm daily; April 15 – 30 & November 1 – 30: by appointment
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