The Site of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish Home
Maud came here as a tiny child to live with her maternal grandparents Alexander and Lucy Macneill, when her mother Clara Macneill Montgomery died of tuberculosis. This was her home from 1876 to 1911.
Placards placed about the site, with quotes and pictures help interpret the author's life lived here, to visitors. Serene and beautiful, this site captures the essence of the Cavendish she knew and loved
A bookstore/Museum on the premises houses the original desk and scales from the Cavendish Post Office which was in the Macneill home, and these the author used as she was the assistant Post Mistress to her grandmother Macneill. The original mantle, lamps and pictures from the homestead are also displayed.
John Macneill, a great grandson of Alexander, who lived on this farmland which was passed down to him through many generations of Macneills passed away this spring. His wife Jennie and their son David carefully tend and maintain the historic site. They are available to visitors to explain the site and recount the history of the author's life lived here.
"It is and ever must be hallowed ground to me"
........so said Lucy Maud Montgomery of her Cavendish home. It was here she wrote Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Kilmeny of the Orchard, and The Story Girl, as well as hundreds of short stories and poems. She loved her grandparents home and although no buildings remain, the homestead fields which surround it are there, as are the lanes she walked, the gardens she tended, and the old trees she sat under to dream and write.