Although his later productions were an atrocity on L.M. Montgomery’s work, I still think Kevin Sullivan’s original Anne of Green Gables movie was a good adaption and it was a preview of this production that said Anne was a cross between Little House on the Prairie and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – which it really isn’t – that lead me to read L.M. Montgomery in the first place (it wasn’t until after the original production that Sullivan decided he was a better writer than one of the all time greats and totally lost his way). I enjoy the original movie . My cousin and I used to rewind and rewatch the Anne and Gilbert scene on the bridge over and over “It’s you I always wanted” [Sound effects] KISS. WHIRRR [the whirr was the VCR rewinding – actually we still say that to each other sometimes just like that]. Frankly, although it has about as much to do with Montgomery’s writing as the NBC Little House on the Prairie series had to do with Laura’s, I also enjoyed Road to Avonlea. While the writing was uneven, the actors were wonderful and truly created a town. The saving grace was Gus Pike and his romance with Felicity King. The actors sold that material and frankly the show sparkled best once Gus came on and his absence for part of the final season fully showed the importance the character had for the show.
So I will continue to offer up filming locations as I find them because personally I would like to visit them myself. I hope you enjoy them too.
One of the links on the side of the page is Gilbert vs Gus to which I say, “What do you mean I can’t have both?” 😉
Since a previous post I had linked to about filming has since been taken down from the Sullivan Production site I’m going to list the locations here, but please go to link to read the entire article and see photos that will help you place the locations.
The Avonlea Village, PEI – http://www.avonlea.ca/
Dalvay-By-The-Sea Country Inn and Restaurant, PEI- http://www.dalvaybythesea.com/
Westfield Heritage Village, Ontario – http://www.conservationhamilton.ca/welcome-to-westfield-heritage-village
Since I think it’s important to explain this one I’ll also quote from their original post by Angela Hydes:
Scenes from all 3 Anne Films and Road to Avonlea were filmed in this pioneer village. Annually, this area also hosts an Anne of Green Gables Day, including an Anne Look-a-like Contest. The Jerseyville Railway Station here was used as the Bright River Station in Anne of Green Gables, and also where Sara Stanley, her Nanny and Andrew King first arrived in Avonlea in Road to Avonlea: Season 1. The General Store was used for the interior of Lawson’s Store, where Matthew bought Anne the “puffed-sleeves” dress for Anne.
In addition to filming on site at Westfield, artifacts from its collection have been used extensively to furnish the movie sets for the first two Anne of Green Gables films and Road to Avonlea.
Century Mills, Gormley Ontario (Sorry no link for this one) and again I’ll quote Angela Hydes’s explanation
The bridge scene between Anne and Gilbert takes place in this area, in addition to the scene in which Anne pretends to be The Lily Maid. Unfortunately the bridge became unsafe and was replaced with a new bridge in the early 1990s. Fortunately the new bridge is identical to the one used in the movie.
Previously I posted some sites they had officially tweeted. I still want someone to explain how they are listing two separate places as White Sands, I understand it could be part and part, but would like a fuller explanation of what exactly was used where.
Sullivan Anne of Green Gables sites