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Best known as the author of Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery is the most successful Canadian author of all time. While she is most closely identified with Prince Edward Island, she spent the second half of her life in Ontario in the company of her husband, the Reverend Ewen Macdonald, who took up clerical postings in Uxbridge and then Norval before the couple retired to Toronto. Today the manse house in Norval where Montgomery and Macdonald lived from 1926 to 1935 is preserved and operated as an attraction by the Heritage Foundation of Halton Hills.

In 2020 the Foundation hired Lord Cultural Resources to develop a Lucy Maud Montgomery Literary Centre and Interpretive Literary Trail Feasibility Study for an expanded attraction on the Norval site. The study recommended a concept for the Centre that complemented other Montgomery attractions in Canada while serving the important mission of expanding literacy. According to Heritage Foundation President Lois M. Fraser, the study “exceeded our expectations” and “elevated our initiative to a new level of excellence.”.