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”.