This year’s recipient of the Rev. Dr. Francis W.P. Bolger Award is the Anne of Green Gables Museum and the Campbell Family!
One of L.M. Montgomery’s favourite places to visit was the farm home of her “merry cousins” and of her Aunt Annie and Uncle John Campbell in Park Corner, Prince Edward Island. Montgomery called the Campbell house the “wonder castle of my childhood” and featured it as Silver Bush in her two Pat novels; it was a second home to her.
Montgomery and Ewan Macdonald were married in the Campbell parlour, and the Anne of Green Gables Museum today preserves the parlour, Montgomery’s bedroom, and several other rooms as they were in Montgomery’s time.
George and Pamela Campbell and their siblings grew up in this historic house full of Montgomery memories and clan stories they happily share with visitors; George and Maureen have made sure their children -- Julia, Nicholas, and Emily -- and now grandchildren are keenly alive to their Campbell and Montgomery heritage.
Montgomery prized the Campbell’s famed hospitality; today the Campbells graciously introduce visitors from all over the world to Montgomery’s life and writing and to her unique connections with the Park Corner property, including the authentic “Lake of Shining Waters.”