100 Years of "Anne of Green Gables"

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 UXBRIDGE ONTARIO - Hidden Gems

 ST Pauls Church Leaskdale - Uxbridge

The small hamlet of Leaskdale was home to a famous Canadian Author “Lucy Maud Montgomery”, who had her first book “Anne of Green Gables”, published 100 years ago. She resided in Leaskdale from 1911 to 1926 and here, as the wife of Rev. Ewan Macdonald a Presbyterian minister, is where she would write 11 of her 22 best selling novels.

Designated as a Provincial Historical site in 1965 and a National Historic site in 1997 the home along with St. Paul's Presbyterian Church are quickly becoming a significant part of the venues that attract tourists to Uxbridge.

 

In honouring the 100 anniversary of “Anne of Green Gables” Uxbridge council has officially declared 2008 as “100 Years of Anne”. The LMM Society and the Township have planned several events to help celebrate this anniversary.

 Historical Plaque

The Historical plaque erected on the front lawn of the Manse property reads as follows:

"LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY"

In this house the author of "Anne of Green Gables" lived for fifteen years, and here wrote eleven of her twenty-two novels, including "Anne of the Island" (1915) and "Anne's House of Dreams" (1916). Born in 1874 at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, she was educated at Charlottetown and Halifax. From 1898 to 1911, she lived at Cavendish, P.E.I., and there began her career as a novelist. In 1911 she married the Rev. Ewan Macdonald, a Presbyterian minister, and came with him to Leaskdale. They moved in 1926 to Norval, and nine years later to Toronto, where she died in 1942. Mrs. Macdonald was awarded the O.B.E. by King George V in 1935

 

 Uxbridge - Leaskdale - St Pauls ManseEvents Calendar 2008

April 17th - "100 Years of Anne" Celebration, with the Penguin book launch sponsored by Blue Heron Books and featuring Budge Wilson author of "Before Green Gables" in Leaskdale

May 10th - 2nd Annual Antiques Festival at the church and manse in Leaskdale

June 20th, 21st, and 22nd - "100 Years of Anne" Festival in Uxbridge along with a Garden tour and Strawberry Social in Leaskdale

July and August - Wednesday Workshops and Teas at the Historic St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Leaskdale

November 28th - Floral Christmas Afternoon Workshop and an Old-Fashioned Christmas Concert/Carol Sing in the evening at the Historic St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Leaskdale

Other interesting sites

The Royal Canadian Mint is offering a commemorative 2008 25 Cent Coin, with a coloured picture of "Anne" for $19.95 CAN.

Feb 12, 2007 - In the format of a letter to Dear Lucy Maud: Carola Vyhnak , a Toronto Star staff reporter tells us, “Lucy”, about some of the current happenings with the old manse and around Uxbridge.

Your Children might enjoy , the official site of Anne - The Animated Series by Sullivan Entertainment.

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Jo-Anne Smith, Sales Representative
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Kathy,

WoW, it looks like I'll be making a trip to Leaskdale in June! I wish I could attend all of those events....Lucy Maud Montgomery is one of my favourite authors and I've read most of her books and watched every episode of the television series when it ran.

Thank you for writing about this...100 years already! Where did the time go?

Beautiful post... 

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Jo 

Mar 04, 2008 06:51 PM #1
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Kathy Clulow
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Jo - A fair bit of the series was filmed here in Uxbridge where an outdoor set was built, unfortunately it was torn down once the series was finished. Put it in your daytimer and let me know when you are coming. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person
Mar 05, 2008 10:19 AM #2
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Ken and Sandy Wickham
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Excellent post, Kathy. 

We've heard that "Anne of Green Gables" is very popular in Japan!  Is that true? 

Mar 06, 2008 03:12 PM #3
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Ken and Sandy - Perhaps more so than any where else in the world
Mar 06, 2008 04:15 PM #4
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Dorene Shirley
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Kathy - With my last name being Shirley, I was pretty surprised with the author using the name for her character.  Any idea what caused her to use that particular name?  Its very British...
Mar 06, 2008 08:54 PM #5
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Dorene - Likely from her heritage or that of her neighbours - but I really do not know.
Mar 06, 2008 10:10 PM #6
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Julie Heyer
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What a lovely post. I love the Anne books (and movies). My own daughters, now 4 and 7, will hopefully get to enjoy them soon. I'm looking for them on DVD and will then get my 7 year old into the books. My husband and I love Anne, and Lucy for bringing her to us.

Thanks for the post. and "hello" from sunny Arizona!

Julie Heyer

Mar 07, 2008 07:07 AM #7
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Julie -There are many online stores including Sullivan entertainment that carry many aspects of Lucy's Books and the take offs from them
Mar 07, 2008 08:48 AM #8
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Marg Scheben
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Kathy, I had no idea about this connection to Uxbridge.  I hope I too can get over there one day this summer to visit as it sounds as if it is a very interesting community.  Too bad Jo-Anne can't pick me up on the way.
Mar 07, 2008 10:14 AM #9
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Marg -Perhaps we could have a mini blogger connect and all have a wonderful day together.
Mar 07, 2008 11:41 AM #10
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Christine Neilson

Thank you so much!  Was fortunate enough to travel to Green Gables last month with Mom and sister, Laurette.  Purchased Ms. Montgomery's collector's book ANNE OF GREEN GABLES at Green Gables and have been alerting all at school to her.  Would like to read all of the books and see all of the movies!  Is anyone else expecting to travel to PEI next summer?

Christine Neilson

Merritt Island, Florida  USA

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Christine - Glad you enjoyed - there are many ongoing events her at the manse and church if you get up this way ..... just check out the  LMM Society web site for dates and  events

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