Friday, April 15, 2011

Day 7 – Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown

Tuesday, June 28

This morning centers on the world of Anne of Green Gables. We'll visit the Anne of Green Gables House in Cavendish, where we'll stroll through Lover’s Lane and other settings from the literary classic. In the cemetery in Cavendish is the grave of Lucy Maud Montgomery, creator of a literary institution, Anne of Green Gables. Anne Shirley, heroine of the Anne of Green Gables stories, has spawned a thriving tourism industry on Prince Edward Island, where Montgomery was born. You’ll see more than one freckle faced girl sporting pigtails. The first of the eight books was published in 1908 and was a hit from the get go.

The Green Gables house, once owned by a Montgomery relative, was the inspiration for the house in the title. There is a farm/house museum where the author got married, a living history village with costumed re-enactors, plus Montgomery's birthplace and gravesite. “Anne of Green Gables: The Musical,” in its 44th season, is North America's longest-running musical.In case you haven't suspected, Cavendish really milks the Anne of Green Gables connection. A lot.

Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island, has a mere 35,000 residents. In fact, some liken PEI to Martha's Vineyard 30 years ago. We'll make a brief sightseeing tour of Charlottetown in the afternoon before returning to Brackley Beach for an overnight.

Province House, the seat of government in Charlottetown.

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