Avonlea

Even today, Prince Edward Island’s Cavendish is a small community mostly made up of motels and cottages that are rented to tourists who come to take the Anne of Green Gables journey. There’s one general store, restaurants and a lot of tourist shops along Cavendish Road. Just off this road is a cluster of historical buildings in Avonlea.

These old buildings have been converted into businesses—restaurants, a souvenir shop, a chocolate store, an ice cream parlour. I dined in Clifton Manse, a house that was over one hundred years old and had been transported from Clifton. Two doors up was Long River Church built in 1872 that had been converted into a burger place. But it had a special significance—it had been the Presbyterian Church that Lucy Maud Montgomery had attended with her Montgomery and Campbell cousins, so the church had been brough from Long River to the Avonlea site for restoration and preservation. Around the corner was the Artisan Market that had been the original Belmont School building that Lucy taught in from 1896-97. 

Further along Cavendish Road was the post office. The modern signage was displayed by the roadside, but when I drove into the parking lot, I wasn’t sure I was at the right place because the building was nothing like modern post offices. Inside had been preserved because this had been the post office that Lucy and her grandmother had both worked in.