Visiting Lucy Maud Mongomery's Birthplace

Historic Birthplace of Lucy Maud Montgomery

Image: Birthplace of Anne Author
Image: Birthplace of Anne Author | Source

Situated in the picturesque village of New London, in Queen's County, PEI, Canada, the historic birthplace of L.M. Montgomery is located halfway between Kensington and Cavendish. This historic property gives visitors a glimpse into the life and times of the author of the Anne books.

Lucy Maud was born in an upstairs bedroom of this quaint house on November 30th, 1874. Her growing up years were spent on Prince Edward Island, which left an indelible mark on Montgomery's soul, one that was to play out in her writings and put Prince Edward Island on the world map.

Bedroom Where Lucy Maud Was Born

Image: At the top of a staircase is the room where the author of Anne of Green Gables was born.
Image: At the top of a staircase is the room where the author of Anne of Green Gables was born. | Source

Birthplace Location

The home is close to Cavendish Beach and the farm that would inspire the writing of Anne of Green Gables. It also isn't far from Park Corner ("Silver Bush"), the location where Montgomery was later married.

  • Originally known as Graham's Corner
  • "Clifton" to fans of the author's novels

New London, PEI

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Period Furniture Lends Old-World Charm to "Clifton"

Image: Franklin Stove
Image: Franklin Stove | Source

The Lucy Maud Montgomery home has been remarkably preserved, with the original flooring intact and the rooms as they were when the author was an infant.

A Step Back in Time

You'll see the Franklin stove in the kitchen (the kind Anne used to warm herself) and a blue willow platter resides in the bookcase, a pattern that was used at the time and mentioned in Anne of Avonlea.

Nearby, and the organ belonging to Montgomery's relatives, displays a copy of Island Hymn, written in 1908 by Lucy Maud who was asked to compose the words by the Women's Institute.

Visitors can view samples of the author's early poetry and letters. Scrapbooks chronicle Montgomery's early years as a student at Prince of Wales College and her career as a teacher and a writer. Montgomery carefully preserved events from her life along with treasured keepsakes.

Author's Scrapbooks Chronicle Her Life for Posterity

Image: Poetry, Clippings, and Events of L.M. Montgomery's Life, as Preserved and Contained in Scrapbooks
Image: Poetry, Clippings, and Events of L.M. Montgomery's Life, as Preserved and Contained in Scrapbooks | Source

A replica of the author's wedding dress is on display, along with her wedding shoes and the slippers she wore on her honeymoon.

The home contains many items both for display and for purchase. Anne fans are sure to come away with something to suit their tastes.

L. M. Montgomery Memorabilia

  • Imagining Anne--a compilation of L.M. Montgomery's Island scrapbooks
  • 5 journals--the author's diaries
  • Books written by L.M. Montgomery
  • An L.M. Montgomery book of poetry
  • Anne dolls
  • Licensed giftware--approved by Montgomery's heirs
  • Assorted Anne memorabilia

Exciting Events Mark 100th Anniversary Since Publication of "Anne."

Image: The House in New London, a Short Distance From Cavendish Beach and Green Gables House
Image: The House in New London, a Short Distance From Cavendish Beach and Green Gables House | Source

2008 marked the 100th anniversary of publication of Anne of Green Gables.

As part of the Lucy Maud Montgomery Festival Days, the Birthplace featured historians, guest speakers, and storytellers on-site to share their knowledge and passion for Montgomery's work.


Enter the World of Green Gables

Enter the world of Green Gables in this commemorative volume. Readers can:

  • Try recipes Anne would have made, including Marilla's plum puffs.
  • Create handicrafts as they were done in Anne's day, including how to make crocheted lace and a pressed flower picture.
  • Plant the same flowers as would have grown in Anne's garden.
  • Learn how to candy violets to use as garnishes and edible treats.

Enjoy quotations from the Anne books, plus 150 full-color reproductions of original paintings and sketches. Page borders show wallpaper of the period. Take a tour of the island through the pages. drawings, and maps. learn about day-to-day life at Green Gables as well as events in the world at that time.This special edition recreates Anne's world and features a specially-designed Anne Tour of Prince Edward Island.

A unique gift for young girls, 'tweens, and all other fans of nostalgia.

The Clock Turns Back to Yesteryear

Image: House Known as Clifton to Anne Fans, as Charming Now as it Was in Montgomery's Day.
Image: House Known as Clifton to Anne Fans, as Charming Now as it Was in Montgomery's Day. | Source

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Visit and "Go Home" to a Simpler Time

Visitors are sure to come away with the feeling that they've somehow "gone home." Just as the stories and the movies sparked nostalgia from a worldwide audience that could appreciate a time when a person's word was their bond, when life moved at a slower pace, and where hearth and home pulled at the heartstrings, so too, a visit to Maud's birthplace evokes those same feelings.

© 2014 Athlyn Green

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Athlyn Green 23 months ago from West Kootenays Author

The North Shore area of the island is truly beautiful.


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mbgphoto 2 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

We'll be going to PE Island this fall. Thanks for all the information.

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