UXBRIDGE: Lucy Maud Montgomery will be returning to Leaskdale this weekend, for an event that has been several years in the making at the Historic Leaskdale Church.
At 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, a special unveiling of a new Lucy Maud Montgomery bronze statue will take place in the Garden at the Historic Church, located at 11850 Regional Rd. 1, in Leaskdale. The unveiling is part of an afternoon of celebrations, lasting from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., honouring Montgomery - one of the most notable residents in the history of Uxbridge, as well as one of Canada’s most beloved authors.
Local sculptor Wynn Walters has spent the past two years sculpting the life-size bronze statue, which was made possible through funding from a two-year Ontario Trillium Foundation grant and many private donations through the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario.
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will be one of many special guests attending the special unveiling, along with Minister of Veterans Affairs and MP for Durham Erin O’Toole, Durham MPP Granville Anderson, Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer Penny Smith and other local dignitaries, including Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor.
This new national monument to a Canadian literary treasure, Lucy Maud Montgomery, entitled, “Maud in the Garden”, will be on display at the memorial garden beside the former Presbyterian Church where Montgomery’s husband was minister. Montgomery and her husband, Rev. Ewan Macdonald lived at the Presbyterian Manse in Leaskdale between 1911 and 1926.
The Historic Church, as well as the Leaskdale Manse are among the most popular tourist attractions in the township, drawing visitors from as far away as Japan to Uxbridge.