The Historic Leaskdale church

Today (6/9/12), we headed into Leaskdale to the Leaskdale Manse. This was the home of Lucy Maud Montgomery from 1911 (Ewen took over the church in 1910) until the moved to Norval in 1926. The Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario has taken over caretaking both the Manse and the Historic Leaskdale Church where Ewan ministered. It was in the manse that Montgomery’s three sons (Stuart, Hugh (born stillborn), and Chester were born, and where she penned eleven of her novels.

The Corner where Montgomery would write

We met with Kathy from the Society who arranged to give us a tour of both the church and manse properties. Both have been renovated by the society. In the church, we got to see the original stain glass windows, and the pew where Montgomery sat to hear her new husband’s sermons. In the manse, we were able to see the extensive renovations the Society was able to undertake, making use of Montgomery’s journals and her own photographs for details. We were also able to see the corner where she sat to write her novels.

After leaving the museum, we went to the Heritage Railway station which is the station where both Lucy and later her cat, which she had shipped from Prince Edward Island, arrived. We then set out to explore the Anne of Green Gables filming locations.

The Historic Railway Station in Uxbridge