Green Gables - Bringing My Childhood Imagination to Life
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Green Gables, the house that spawned the novels
Green Gables, the house that inspired the novels

Anne's bedroom in Green Gables
Anne's bedroom, note the dress with the puffy sleeves!

Laura of Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Anne of Green Gables were my closest literary companions in childhood.

There was something about these girls' feistiness and spirit that sparked "the scope of my imagination" - a bookwormish preteen girl who spent hour upon hour with her nose stuck in the pages of Laura Ingalls Wilder and L. M. Montgomery.

The dining room at Green Gables at the National Historic Site
The dining room

It was through these ground-breaking authors that I learned how little girls can be brave, mistake-ridden, ridiculous and wonderful. I found authority figures that could sometimes be unfair in their well-meaning attempts at bringing up proper young ladies and, that being heard sometimes meant taking hard-knocks and picking yourself up, then repeating as necessary.

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The cooking stove at Green Gables, Prince Edward IslandThe cooking stove

After almost forty (!) years, I reread Anne of Green Gables just prior to visiting the Green Gables National Historic Site. There is something comforting about visiting an old friend; a warm feeling deep in the soul.

The pantry at Green Gables
The pantry

However, this time I found myself relating more to the "old" folks in the novel. Now I could see what a handful Anne was to raise, how hard life was for the inhabitants of Prince Edward Island, and I picked up on political aspects that completely eluded me as a child.

I also found that Rachel is still a total B. One of literature's perfect antagonists.

Raspberry Cordial at Green Gables
Spotted the infamous raspberry cordial!

Anne of Green Gables Raspberry Cordial, made in Prince Edward Island
We spotted this all over the Island

Re-reading the book brought back the vision of Green Gables that I had created in my head, so I was a little hesitant to see another interpretation, but became excited when I learned that the house that inspired the book is real. The home was owned by cousins of Lucy Maud Montgomery and young Lucy lived nearby.

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Marilla's Sewing Room at Green Gables
Marilla's sewing room

In 1937, Parks Canada preserved Green Gables by adding it to the National Parks system. Authentic furnishings from the late 1800s have been used to lovingly recreate the rooms as they were described in the novel.

Matthew's bedroom at Green Gables
Matthew's bedroom

Victorian hair wreath
Victorian hair wreath in the parlor

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Lover's Lane at Green Gables National Historic Site
Anne's Lover's Lane

The flora at Avonlea played a significant role in the Anne series, a kind of character in its own right, and this is a prominent feature on the surrounding grounds. Walking through the Haunted Woods and along Lover's Lane added dimension to my visit, smelling the smells, hearing the birds.

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Flora at Green Gables, Prince Edward Island

The haunted woods of Anne of Green Gables
The Haunted Woods

The stunning red cliffs of Prince Edward Island
The red cliffs of "Avonlea"

As part of the educational component to the site, outbuildings have been erected to demonstrate farm life on Prince Edward Island during Victorian times.

David milks a 'cow' at Green Gables National Historic Site

Lucy Maud Montgomery's birthplace on Prince Edward Island
The birthplace of Lucy Maud Montgomery in nearby New London

L. M. Montgomery was born and is buried within a few miles of the site. After visiting the house we found our way to both sites to pay homage to the remarkable woman who, through a precocious little girl named Anne, brought an island to the world.

And to me.

Veronica, GypsyNester.com

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