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We hope to see you there!



Dr. Kate Scarth, Chair of L.M. Montgomery Studies at the University of P.E.I. is developing a course for the Lucy Maud Montgomery Institute, which is using interviews from Montgomery scholars. Pictured in the parlour of the Leaskdale National Historic Site is Dr. Lesley Clement, who just happens to be the LMMI’s New Visiting Scholar, and who chose the Manse parlour as the setting for her interview. Lesley is the author of L.M. Montgomery’s Rainbow Valleys: The Ontario Years, 1911-1942, co-edited with Rita Bode. Behind the camera preparing to film the UPEI interview is Stuart Blower.





HARK, I hear a robin calling!

And the orchard-bloom is falling

 List, the wind is from the south! 

Sweet as kisses on the mouth. 

In the dreamy vale of beeches

 Fair and faint is woven mist, 

And the river’s orient reaches

 Are the palest amethyst. 

Every limpid brook is singing

 Of the lure of April days; 

Every piney glen is ringing

 With the maddest roundelays. 

Come and let us seek together

 Springtime lore of daffodils, 

Giving to the golden weather

 Greeting on the sun-warm hills. 

Ours shall be the moonrise stealing

 Through the birches ivory-white; 

Ours shall be the mystic healing

 Of the velvet-footed night. 

Ours shall be the gypsy winding

 Of the path with violets blue, 

Ours at last the wizard finding

 Of the land where dreams come true. 

LM Montgomery




Monday, March 11 to Saturday, March 16 our site will be open between the hours of 12:00 and 4:00 pm. Tours of the site are available for young and old. We hope to see you there!



Frosty-white and cold it lies
Underneath the fretful skies
Snowflakes flutter where the red
Banners of the poppies spread,
And the drifts are wide and deep
Where the lilies fell asleep.
But the sunsets o’er it throw
Flame-like splendor, lucent glow,
And the moonshine makes it gleam
Like a wonderland of dream,
And the sharp winds all the day
Pipe and whistle shrilly gay.
Safe beneath the snowdrifts lie
Rainbow buds of by-and-by;
In the long, sweet days of spring
Music of bluebells shall ring,
And its faintly golden cup
Many a primrose will hold up.
Though the winds are keen and chill
Roses’ hearts are beating still,
And the garden tranquility
Dreams of happy hours to be-
In the summer days of blue
All its dreamings will come true.

L.M. Montgomery





Jennifer O’Connell, Member of Parliament for Pickering-Uxbridge, joins contractor Steven Bruce, LMMSO Director Carole Ditomasso and Uxbridge Mayor Pat Molloy in the official ribbon cutting ceremony of the new accessibility elevator at the Historic Leaskdale Church







Now that we are officially closed for the season, we would still like our patrons to know that a tour and tea can still be arranged by simply contacting us. Pictured here, are Mariko Tamura and her daughter Ayako, who did just that and contacted Melanie & Gwen for their private tour and tea with their friend, Yuka Kajihara. Yuka is a long-time patron of the LMMSO and has brought many of her Japanese friends and their tour companies to our site. As you can see from the photos, hosting our Japanese friends was a joy to behold!






Another summer season of our famous luncheon teas is behind us and we are now readying for our Maud’s Island Dinner & Down-home Kitchen Party on the final Wednesday of the month (Aug. 29). There are still tickets available if you’re thinking of attending. The entertaining duo of Alana and Leigh Cline are sure to get your foots-a-stomping!

We would like to thank you all for attending our Summer Luncheon Teas, as it is our major fundraiser of the season and we see many of the same smiling, friendly faces each week. Your overwhelming support does not go unnoticed! Thank you also to our sensational students, Chris and Corey, for their months of dedication and their on-going research to better our site. Best of Luck, you two!


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~ Lucy Maud Montgomery

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