This site in PEI’s Cavendish was dedicated to Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables, one of Canada’s most famous authors. In 1911 before Lucy turned two, her mother died, and she lived with her maternal grandparents in Cavendish where she grew up. She completed a teaching degree in Charlottetown and later a literature course at Dalhousie University in Halifax while teaching. When her grandfather died, she gave up teaching and returned to Cavendish to care for her grandmother and help her run the post office.
(Featured photo: Anne of Green Gables in different languages)
All this time Lucy kept a personal journal and sent out short stories and poems that were published in Canada. But in 1908 after five rejections on her first novel, Anne of Green Gables, she stored the manuscript away in a hat box. After several months, she re-read her story and was convinced it was good. On her sixth submission, a Boston publisher accepted the manuscript. Just days after the book was published, Anne of Green Gables went into a second printing. In the first year there were ten printings. A year after its publication the first tourists came searching for Avonlea and Green Gables in Cavendish. Now millions of tourists have walked through Green Gables house including me.
Lucy married Reverend Ewan Macdonald after her grandmother died and moved to Ontario, but her husband suffered from a mental illness and this along with financial concerns took its toll on Lucy. She continued to write and at the age of sixty-seven after her final manuscript was delivered to her publisher, she died. Her body was laid to rest in Cavendish Cemetery.