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Tracing its roots back to the early Quaker settlers, Uxbridge is a township rich in history. A visit to the Uxbridge Historical Centre located on none other than Quaker Hill has on display many artifacts related to the founding of the area. Guided tours are available during the summer months. Pick up printed trail maps, brochures, and local info here as well. Don’t worry if you’ve missed their ‘open’ hours; there will be info inside the mailbox hanging on the front door.
A small collection of clay and stone artifacts can also be seen at the museum, as well as an interpretive display dedicated to iconic Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, creator of the very popular Anne of Green Gables book series.
Thomas Foster Memorial –Foster was raised in north Uxbridge, where his father ran the Leaskdale Hotel. After visiting the Taj Mahal in India in this seventies, Foster was inspired to build a memorial temple in his boyhood community. The memorial was erected in 1935-36 and cost $250,000. It contains three crypts for Mr. Foster, his wife, and his daughter. The interior of the Temple is awe-inspiring, with four great arches supported by marble columns.
Leaskdale holds the key (literally) where, in this house the author of “Anne of Green Gables” lived for fifteen years and here wrote eleven of her twenty-two novels. A very important part of L.M. Montgomery’s life began in 1911 when Maud married Rev. Ewan Macdonald and came to live in the Manse in Leaskdale. Rev. Macdonald, also from P.E.I., had become the minister of St. Paul’s.