Maud Montgomery Heritage Museum, also known as
"Ingleside" [the model for Anne and Gilbert's home
on Prince Edward Island], is for sale. This magnificent
property with its ancient lime trees and views of the Gulf of
St. Lawrence and LMM's Lake of Shining Waters has been in the
Montgomery family for many generations but now the family has
reluctantly but firmly reached the decision that it is time
for it to be passed to new ownership.
Montgomery spent many happy times in this home with her
father, Hugh John, who was born on this property, and her
grandfather Senator Donald Montgomery, as well as her aunts,
uncles, and cousins. This is the home where she discovered the
green-and-white china dogs called "Gog" and "Magog"
that she eventually wrote into the "Anne" series.
Other items in the house were written into her books and
stories, too: the Rosebud Tea Set (Anne of Green Gables), the
Townsend Clock (the "Anne" books and The Story
Girl), the China Fruit Basket (The Story Girl) and more. This
is also the home she left from to go to western Canada in
August 1890. Her much-loved Grandfather Montgomery was to
escort her to Prince Albert to live with her father and his
new family there. In Kensington, a few miles from Park Corner,
they met the special train transporting the Prime Minister Sir
John A. Macdonald who invited them to ride with him and Mrs.
Macdonald to Summerside and join in the festivities there in
sixteen years old -- this was her first train ride and her
first time to be away from the Island, which was exciting
enough, but to meet the great Prime Minister at the same time
was a never-to-be forgotten experience. This is also the home
she returned to the next year when she came back from Prince
was for many years the Montgomery family farm; later Mrs.
Heath Montgomery opened it for summer visitors as a
bed-and-breakfast. In 1993, Robert Montgomery (the Senator's
great-grandson and Maud's cousin) and his family decided the
home would be of interest to L. M. Montgomery fans as well as
visitors interested in the Island's heritage homes and the
Lucy Maud Montgomery Heritage Museum was opened. Hundreds of
visitors from all over the world have come to the Museum since
then to see first-hand one of the most significant homes
associated with Montgomery and her works. Even though some
modern amenities have been added since LMM's day (electricity,
running water, etc.), the house is still much as she would
have known it with its original hardwood floors, hand-painted
wood-grained woodwork, etc., and she would surely feel right
at home if she were to visit today.
new owner wish to continue running the Museum, the contents --
including the family heirlooms and artifacts associated with
L. M. Montgomery -- can be included in the purchase. Or
perhaps new owners will decide to transform it into a
bed-and-breakfast (two parlours, dining room, large hallways,
six bedrooms, etc.). Of course, one of the bedrooms was
considered Maud's when she stayed there and the furniture she
used then is still in that room.
though it will be a sad day for many when the Museum is
transferred to new owners, it will always be a grand home with
many happy memories as well as literary and historical