This Designated Heritage Property was built in 1878 as a private residence. In 1884 it was sold to the Methodist Church as their Parsonage. Author L.M. Montgomery lived here during 1894-95 when she first taught school in the Bideford #6 School.
Guided tours are provided daily from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. from June to September, with extended hours on Wednesday evenings during July and August until 7:30 p.m. A visit to the Bideford Parsonage Museum will take you back to an era of simpler times, when a wood-burning stove was your only source of hear, your water was pumped by hand and heated on top of the stove, and you had to wash your clothes on a scrub board and then squeeze the water out of them with a hand operated wringer. Other reminders of that era are an icebox for refrigeration, a churn for making butter, and ice skates that are merely blades that strapped onto your winter boots!
All this and much more can be found at this Provincially Designated House that was built in 1878 by accountant and telegraph operator Thomas H. Pope. In 1884 he sold his home to the Bideford Methodist Church for use as their Parsonage, and just ten year later, on August 3, 1894, author Lucy Maud Montgomery came to board with the resident parson, Rev. John Estey, his wife and daughter.
Maud's room contains her desk with a copy of her lesson plan along with the official record of her salary - the princely sum of $149.58 for the entire year! Be sure to check out the pantry where the famed 'liniment cake' was made by Mrs. Estey for a visiting minister, which provided Maud with the idea for the chapter "A New Departure in Flavourings" in the "Anne of Green Gables" story.
Each Wednesday during July and August at 7:30 p.m., is "Wednesday Evening with L.M. Montgomery" where guest speakers share insights into the life and works of this famous author, or when guest readers read stories written by this famous author and published 100 years ago. Admission is free, but a freewill collection is gratefully accepted to help in the support of this property. Light refreshments and conversation bring the evening to a close about 9 p.m.
All ages are welcome to tour this Museum. Young children may find the "Wednesday Evening with L.M. Montgomery" to be beyond their interest and understanding
Pets and smoking are not permitted inside the Museum, however pets are permitted on leash on the grounds and smoking is permitted outside away from the entrance.
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