By Carolyn Strom Collins
Our group will travel by motorcoach from the University of Prince Edward Island to Kensington, taking the same route “Anne” would have taken from Charlottetown to Hunter River (“Bright River” in the Anne books). We will make a brief stop to see the train station in Kensington that Montgomery knew well. We will stop to tour the Anne of Green Gables Museum (“Silver Bush”) in Park Corner where Montgomery spent many happy times and where she was married in 1911; Montgomery’s Birthplace in New London; Green Gables Heritage Place that includes Green Gables house, the Haunted Wood, and Lover’s Lane; and Montgomery’s Cavendish Home (the Macneill property where Anne of Green Gables was written). Along the way, we will see one of the few remaining stone houses (such as the one in Anne of Avonlea), views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Lake of Shining Waters, New London Harbour (“Four Winds” in Anne’s House of Dreams, etc.), and wonderful views of the hills and fields Montgomery wrote of so beautifully in her fiction and poetry. For registration information see here.
Bio: Carolyn Strom Collins is the author of several books and many articles on L.M. Montgomery as well as companion books to The Secret Garden, Little Women, and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books. Her latest books include Anne of Green Gables: The Original Manuscript and After Many Years: Twenty-one “Long-lost” Stories by L.M. Montgomery. She compiled and edited An Annotated Bibliography of L.M. Montgomery Stories and Poems, updating considerably the 1986 bibliography. Articles on Montgomery’s family history, her scrapbooks, a virtual tour of Montgomery’s Prince Edward Island and other topics appear in various publications. She is the founder of the L.M. Montgomery Literary Society and co-edits its annual online newsletter, The Shining Scroll. She founded the Friends of the L.M. Montgomery Institute and is a charter member of the Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies. She is the grateful recipient of the LMM Institute’s 2020 Legacy Award.