Cavendish Things to Do
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The Green Gables home is located in Cavendish. The day we went was a crisp morning in mid October. There were very few people in the house or on the grounds.
The house which was originally owned by Lucy Montgomery's grand parents is a modest home set in a wooded setting. She moved there at any early age from New London on the island. The home and her experiences in the area formed such a strong impression on her that the home became the basis of her well known novel Anne of Green Gables in 1908. She also wrote an additional nineteen novels and all but one were set in Prince Edward Island.
At the home there are guides from the Canadian National Park Service on hand to answer any questions and show you how Lucy and her grandparents lived in the early 20th century.
More interesting than the house was the hike along the Haunted Woods and Balsam Hollow which Lucy talks about in her book. The trails just like the house have been well preserved. As you walk along the two trails you can't help but thinking about how Lucy developed the memories that we became to know that are in her Anne of Green Gables book.
Green Gables, part of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish National Historic Site, has become famous around the world as the inspiration for the setting in Ms. Montgomery's classic tale of fiction, Anne of Green Gables. In real life, this farm was the home of David Jr. and Margaret Macneill, who were cousins of Montgomery's grandfather. Shortly after her death in 1942, Lucy Maud Montgomery was recognized by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada as being a person of national historic significance, and a monument and plaque were erected at Green Gables in 1948. Designated in 2005, Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish National Historic Site includes the Site of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish Home and Green Gables.
This is the original site that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery to write Anne of Green Gables. If you're a big fan of the book, you should definitely go for a visit. On the site, there is the info centre/little museum, a barn, Green Gables and a gift shop. On the day that we went, there was a tour bus on location so we were paraded through Green Gables in a bit of a rush. The house has narrow hallways and we were caught right in the middle of their tour group so we couldn't just step aside and let them go through. Next time we'll be smart enough to go either before or after the tour group.
40 Memory Lane, Route 6, Cavendish, C0A 1N0, Canada
Good for: Couples
Rte. 6 (Hunter River RR no. 2), Cavendish, Prince Edward Island
R.R. 2, Cavendish, Prince Edward Island C0A 1N0
RR# 2 Hunter River, Cavendish, C0A 1N0, Canada