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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 18 attractions in Concord
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Description: House where Louisa May Alcott wrote "Little Women."
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a must see in Concord. Come, enjoy and image what life was like in the mid 1800's. You'll also learn about transcendentalism -- and then go visit First Parish church.

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Sutton Coldfield,UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I have been a life long fan of Louisa May Alcott and Little Women remains my favourite book of all time. Whilst visiting my daughter in NH I decided to take the drive of 100 miles to discover Orchard House. Suffice it to say I was not disappointed,! Infact I could have done the tour all over again once it... More

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Newton, Massachusetts
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

I took my Mom (who's a Louisa May Alcott enthusiast) to visit the Orchard House and was very pleasantly surprised by the excellence of this house museum and its very knowledgeable tour guides. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole tour. The house is extremely charming and largely intact, with no glaring anachronisms. It was easy to visualize Thoreau and Emerson sitting... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I couldn't imagine being so close to Orchard House and not stopping, so I made a special trip to Concord. I am so glad I did. Orchard House was exactly what I hoped it would be, and even better than I expected. The tour was comprehensive and the docents very knowledgeable and friendly. Nearly every question I could have come... More

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Although Alcott did not grow up in this house, it is a place that feels familiar to her readers. All visits are guided. While Louisa is clearly the main attraction, one also gets a sense of the other family members, especially her creative sisters (one of whom drew on the walls, one who played music).

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Like stepping back in time, a visit to Concord is not complete without touring Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. This was her family home while she was writing Little Women and it has been so well preserved its as if she just stepped away from her desk. Nice small gift shop to explore. Bronson Alcott's school building located behind the... More

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Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

This was by far my favorite part of our trip to Concord! The tour guide we had, although being only about 16 and still in high school, was incredibly knowledgable and interesting. It's amazing to look at the pictures on the walls of Louisa May Alcott growing up and seeing the house in almost the same exact condition! It makes... More

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Orchard House was the childhood home of Louisa May Alcott, author of "Little Women". Her major work is loosely based on anecdotes of the author's family, growing to adulthood in this secluded country house set in an apple orchard. The author's father was an unsuccessful educator, who was a transcendentalist, and an associate of Concord's literary giants, Thoreau, Emerson,and Hawthorne.... More

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Concord, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Or have seen the movie (filmed in the house), you will love visiting Orchard House. It has been well preserved just as it was. The docents are in costume and in character and the tour is charming. It is especially wonderful to visit during the winter holidays, when the house is decorated and the docents share the story of the... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

I am the person who drags people to literary sites on vacation. Even my in-laws (who aren't really readers) ended up enjoying this tour. The docent did a really nice job. Not only was there a wealth of information about Louisa, her family, and their Concord friends, but the docent carefully explained the importance of different artifacts in the house.

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