Title: Cavendish; Its History, Its People - Its Founding Families: Simpsons, McNeills, Clarks, and their kin
Author: Harold H. Simpson
Publisher: Harold H. Simpson and Associates Ltd, Amherst & Truro, NS: 1973
Description: 4to. 261pp. Illustrated. Softcover. Foreword by P.E.I. historian Francis W.P. Bolger. Described as an examination of “the development of a community from wilderness to world recognition.” It includes information about “the founders of Cavendish 1790: William and Janet Winchester Simpson, John and Margaret Simpson McNeill, & William and Helen Simpson Clark and some of the families related by marriage who came to the Island of Saint John between 1769 and 1780 or soon thereafter.” The family names include Bagnall, Dockendorff, Gordon, Hyde, Johnstone, Millar, Montgomery, MacEwen, Owen, Ramsay, Taylor, Woodside, and others.” Previous owner’s signature inside front cover, along with occasional marginalia elsewhere.
Cavendish is a rural community in Lot 23 of Queens County on the north shore of Prince Edward Island. The community's primary industries are tourism and agriculture supporting a small year-round population. However, during summer the seasonal population in Cavendish resort area grows to an average daily population of approximately 7,500 residents. Cavendish is best known as the home to Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables and other books. Many of her stories use Cavendish for their settings. In 1990, Cavendish became part of the Resort Municipality of Stanley Bridge, Hope River, Bayview, Cavendish and North Rustico.