10 Real-Life Places That Inspired Literary Classics

Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Green Gables (in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada)

When Montgomery was a child, she visited the Green Gables farm (so named for the dark green paint on the farmhouse gables, of course) owned by her cousins, the Macneill family. Entranced by the house and surrounding land, like the “Haunted Woods”, “Lovers Lane”, and “Balsam Hollow,” Montgomery based her Anne of Green Gables novels on the property. In the 1930s, the international popularity of the books led to the house and grounds being granted national park status, though in the interest of tourism the surrounding farmland has been developed into a fancy golf course.