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Orchard House

399 Lexington Road, PO Box 343, Concord, MA 01742
978 369 4118
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Concord
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Owner description: House where Louisa May Alcott wrote "Little Women."
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: House where Louisa May Alcott wrote "Little Women."

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Boston, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
34 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

We took our 6yo and 3yo today to the Christmas Tour. Plenty of parking one minute walk away if the spots in front of the house are full. The costumed "family members" in each room were fantastic in character and in the stories they told, and they engaged our children very well too. The theme of giving/sharing especially with those... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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37 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This was the best tour I have ever been on. Marilyn, the most interesting tour conductor and the most patient, was amazing. She knew the house inside and out, and was a delight to have as our guide. 85% of the houses' belongings are the original. You will see artwork from May, Louisa's desk where she wrote little women and... More 

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Moorpark, California
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239 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

After waiting for many decades, I finally toured Louisa May Alcott's home. From the time I was a "little woman" myself until now (an elderly woman), I have loved the story. Before we left California, I watched the DVD of "Little Women" again so it would all be fresh in my mind (I urge visitors to either do that or... More 

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St. George, Utah
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I missed my sisters here. I visited with a mixed gender student group of twelve teenagers. The museum staff kindly put effort into working our group in, even though we had not previously reserved. 10 is considered a group and will get a discount. Not a good food/restroom break. The guide was knowledgable and interesting. Those students who didn't have... More 

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Maine
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Orchard House has been a favorite for years. It's even better now they have May Alcotts paintings and drawings. Tour guide was great.

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Canton, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Little Women, the movie, the one made in the 1940's, was my introduction to the book, and both have been my favorite for decades. To see the home of the Alcott's with original furnishings including Louisa's writing desk was so special. I loved seeing the drawings done by May on the walls. I could have spent a lot more time... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A great tour guide is everything! A very authentic museum house. Most of the furnishings actually belonged to the Alcott family. This house and furnishings have not only been well preserved but so have the stories and they are excellently told by a passionate docent. I felt like I got a very complete and interesting biography of Louisa May Alcott... More 

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Burlington Flats, New York
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25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Arrived to limited parking, but more is available across the street a short distance away. Was allowed to purchase a 3 way ticket which I recommend, including this venue and Concord museum and Emerson House. The Emerson house has limited hours, Thursday through Sunday, however. I was allowed to return another day to see that museum. The guided tour which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We took a special Halloween tour of the home. It was silly and fun, well acted out by "May"! I had taken the regular tour in Aug and it was nice to have had both experiences. Even if you aren't a fan of Little Woman the home is full of American history.

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Perhaps we had a lousy tour. They herd a bunch of people into each room, so many that you really can't see much of what's actually in there. Then they herd you out. You are not allowed any time to actually look at the many artifacts (supposedly) from the Alcott family. The tour guide was snooty and unpleasant and kept... More 

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