Sunday, June 3, 2012

L.M. Montgomery's Birthplace

L.M. Montgomery was born November 30, 1874 in a small white and green house overlooking New London Harbour on PEI.

The house is very well-maintained.  The interior is decorated with period Victorian furnishings.  There is a small bedroom decorated as it may have been when Montgomery was born there.

On display in the house is Montgomery's wedding dress.  It has been perfectly preserved and it's amazing to see how tiny it is!  Humans really have evolved to become larger and taller in a very short time.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MacNeil Homestead

"Behind them in the garden the little stone house brooded among the shadows. It was lonely but not forsaken. It had not yet done with dreams and laughter and the joy of life; there were to be future summers for the little stone house; meanwhile, it could wait. And over the river in purple durance the echoes bided their time."
-Anne of Avonlea

I don't believe the above quotation was written while thinking about the MacNeil homestead but somehow the idea of it being "lonely but not forsaken" seemed appropriate to me.  It is no longer lived in but visited frequently.

This was Montgomery's home from 1876 to 1911.  She was taken here to live with her maternal grandparents after her mother died of tuberculosis.

What first struck me about this foundation was the small size.  Sometimes we take for granted our massive homes today but the amount of physical labour it would have taken to create even this small house 150 years ago would have been enormous.

This area is preserved with well-tended walking paths along which are plaques with quotations by Montgomery and short descriptions of the area.