Mapping Montgomery: 84 Sites and Counting
By, Heidi Hearing
LMMI's Student Research Assistant
L.M. Montgomery’s spirit lives on in the landscape of Prince Edward Island, and the L.M. Montgomery Institute’s interactive Montgomery map makes that spirit visible. The author’s unmistakable link to PEI through the settings of her novels has led to a thriving tourism industry in the province, and fosters continued interest in and enthusiasm for her writing and characters.
This map provides a comprehensive view of sites related to Montgomery and promotes tourism destinations related to the author. The sites fall into three main categories.
First, well-known tourist destinations, such as the Confederation Centre of the Arts which hosts Anne of Green Gables: The Musical.
Next are historical locations, sourced largely from The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years (1889-1900 and 1900-1911), edited by Mary Rubio and Elizabeth Waterston. These sites include the Cornelius Leard House, where Montgomery lived as a young teacher and met, and fell in love with, Herman, the eldest son.
The third type of sites are places that may have inspired locations in Montgomery’s novels. For example, the map includes the former site of the Seaside Hotel, which may have been an inspiration for the White Sands Hotel in Anne of Green Gables. These sites of inspiration are sourced from Montgomery scholars, readers, and fans--Dr. Elizabeth R. Epperly (LMMI founder), Simon Lloyd (UPEI library), Dr. Edward MacDonald (Professor of History at UPEI), Jean MacKay (Culture Summerside/City of Summerside Archives ), John Boylan (PEI Public Archives and Records Office), and Natalie Munn (City of Charlottetown) have been particularly helpful.
When it launched on October 20th, this project consisted of a map of eighty-four L.M. Montgomery specific locations created with ArcGIS. Now, we want to add user-submitted locations.
Show us your Montgomery knowledge or your favourite Anne (and other characters’!) locations, and help grow this map! Submit your location(s) to Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org (include how you’d like to be credited).
Visit the map here: https://lmmontgomery.ca/lm-montgomerys-pei-island-sites-related-author