Address: Route 6, Cavendish
Lover’s Lane opened out below the orchard at Green Gables and stretched far up into the woods to the end of the Cuthbert farm. It was the way by which the cows were taken to the back pasture and the wood hauled home in winter. Anne had named it Lover’s Lane before she had been a month at Green Gables.
“Not that lovers ever really walk there,” she explained to Marilla, “but Diana and I are reading a perfectly magnificent book and there’s a Lover’s Lane in it. So we want to have one, too. And it’s a very pretty name, don’t you think? So romantic! We can’t imagine the lovers into it, you know. I like that lane because you can think out loud there without people calling you crazy.” — Anne of Green Gables, ch.x
Lover’s Lane was one of L. M. Montgomery’s favourite haunts in Cavendish, located near Green Gables. She often visited it, never failing to find solace in its beauty. She took many photographs of it.
Lover’s Lane was originally a cowpath leading to Green Gable’s back fields. The lane was shortened when a golf course was created below Green Gables. Today, Lover’s Lane can visited as part of the Green Gables Heritage Site, but the lane is in fact very short.
Lover’s Lane, photo by L. M. Montgomery c. 1890s, colourized 1920’s (http://images.ourontario.ca/uoguelph/details.asp?ID=27221)
Lover’s Lane, photo by L. M. Montgomery c. 1890s, colourized 1920’s (http://images.ourontario.ca/uoguelph/details.asp?ID=27219)
Lover’s Lane, photo by L. M. Montgomery c. 1890s, colourized 1920’s (http://images.ourontario.ca/uoguelph/details.asp?ID=27220)
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