Visiting L.M. Montgomery

20170824ma_4688I love taking a pilgrimage to the historic homes of authors. Almost any author will do, but, there’s always something special about visiting the houses where my favourite authors lived. And especially where they wrote my favourite books!

This is certainly true for L.M. Montgomery.

Twenty years ago, if you wanted to visit an L.M. Montgomery site, you pretty much had to go to P.E.I. While we all know of her love for the Island, the fact is that Montgomery lived half of her life in Ontario. (Yay!) And it is only recently that her home in Leaskdale, Ontario was acquired and turned into a museum.

And I must say that they’ve done a lovely job!

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This is the manse where she and her husband moved after their marriage. This is where her children were born. And this is where she wrote many of her books… Anne of the Island, Anne’s House of Dreams, Rilla of Ingleside, The Blue Castle, just to name a few.

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And here’s the room where she wrote her books! She’d sit in the corner and write her manuscript out by hand. When she was writing, nobody was supposed to disturb her. Not even her two young sons. In fact, the door was locked. If they wanted to communicate with their mother, they had to slip a note under the door!

My friend asked the young man who was giving us the tour about whether there’s a story about the fur on the ground. He replies, “No, there’s no story. But it’s there because we know she had one like it in this room.” My friend smiles and says, “Well, that’s a story.”

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Apparently she had 1000 books lining the walls of the study. The museum doesn’t have quite so many books, but they have been collecting books that she would have owned and placed them in these wonderful book shelves. (Bonus: Can you see me playing peek-a-boo in the glass?)

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Her wedding china. (Well, not actually hers, but it is her pattern.)

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The kitchen. Recognize the set-up from the old black and white photo?

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And here is her bedroom. The cedar-lined chest is one of the few pieces of furniture that actually belonged to her. L.M. Montgomery.

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Her husband’s church. This is the congregation he pastored after their marriage in 1911. The Macdonalds lived here until 1926 which is when he went to his next parish in Norval, Ontario.

And guess what? They’re working on restoring the Norval manse, too!

Oh, the joy of expectation 🙂

4 thoughts on “Visiting L.M. Montgomery

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  2. Okay, forget my question in your other post – I see you’ve been here! What beautiful pictures – thank you for sharing them – I almost feel as though I am there. Who knows when I will ever make it in real life… 🙂
    What a lovely house. And I love that they’re collecting books that she would have owned!

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    • If you ever have a chance to go, it’s really amazing. 🙂 Especially if you’re into this kind of thing. It’s about 1 1/2 hours north of Toronto.

      Also worth the trip is Bala, Ontario which inspired the setting for The Blue Castle. There’s a nice museum there. The people who run it can tell you where you can see “Barney’s island”.

      AND apparently, they’re also trying to set up the Manse in Norval, Ontario as a museum. Not sure when that’s to happen.

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