First we went to the home that Anne of Green Gables is based on. It was the home of Maud's cousin Myrtle, her husband Ernest Webb, and their 5 children.
Green Gables was drawn from David MacNeill's house- now Mr. Webb's, though not so much the house as the situation and scenery, and the truth of my description is attested by the fact that everybody recognized it...Although I had the Webb place in mind, I did not confine myself to fact at all.-The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery Vol. III Jan. 22, 1911
In a little case near the house they had these original copies of Maud's books. I love the old-fashioned covers! (Sorry for the picture but it's hard to get a shot of something in a badly lit glass case.)
They had plaques with interesting tidbits and some farm implements and such to look at. Below is a turnip pulper and seeder. I'd never heard of such a thing! It's used to chop up turnips which then have grain added to them to make a mash for animal feed. Apparently turnips were just as important as potatoes on the island.
One funny thing about this trip is that I kept confusing fiction with reality. We learned a lot about Maud's family and real happenings on the island, but in my mind it was all woven together with stories from Maud's books. I had to keep asking The Professor questions about what we'd learned to get a better grasp on the real history because his mind wasn't befuddled with the stories. He's never read any of the books or even seen the movies! (I've gotta work on making him watch the movies with me!)