Anne of Green Gables – Fictional or Real

Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables says the “Anne” character in her famous book was not a real person but many believe the story was based on a real child who arrived in Cavendish a few years earlier. This child’s name was Ellen and she arrived in Cavendish in 1892 under similar circumstances as Anne of Green Gables. She was adopted by Pierce and Rachel MacNeil as a 3 year old. Pierce and Rachel had asked for a boy but received a girl. Ellen was a “home child” orphan from England and her new parents lived across from what is now Green Gables House. Ellen often visited the post office which was operated by Rachel’s Aunt Lucy Woolner MacNeil and her granddaughter Lucy Maud Montgomery who helped out at the post office. Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote her book Anne of Green Gables around 1904 and it was published in 1908. There were other similarities which made many people believe “Anne” was at least partly based on this young girl Ellen. Stay at Anne’s Windy Poplars Cottage Resort and ask to read the book named “Ellen”.

Wow! Amazing! What a refreshing experience. Great people, from management and stay to the other guests. Great pool and hot tubs, we have a “top shelf” vacation!
We really enjoyed our stay at Anne’s – very comfortable sleeps. Enjoyed the pool and the fact we were a little further away from the “Cavendish Strip”. We’ll be back someday.
Ontario Family
Thank you for a wonderful five days.
Ontario Guests
We had a wonderful time here. Our cottage was great – provided for many wonderful memories of PEI.
US guests
It was nice and great experience staying here at Anne’s Windy Poplars. We defiantly will come again. Thank you!
Maine Folks
A wonderful weekend – our 30th anniversary! Beautiful setting – terrific service.
Boys (father and sons) golf weekend-awesome facility, we’ll recommend to our family and friends. Many thanks for helping make it a great weekend!
Golf weekend
What an amazing place! Had a wonderful vacation, hate to leave but can’t wait to come back.
Thanks for the great honeymoon. We’ll be back in the years to come.
Amazing honeymoon! We’ll be back for sure, every year on our Anniversary! Thanks so much.
Grand lake, NS