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“All Season Excursion” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Orchard House

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
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: House where Louisa May Alcott wrote "Little Women."
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“All Season Excursion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Just went to Boston and found many of the Concord attractions are closed during the winter. The Orchard House is one of the exceptions. It was interesting to hear about the Alcott family and see the house firsthand. Be sure to check out the website before you go; there is a discount coupon available (as of this writing) as well as discounts for students and seniors. I think it's time to read Little Women again!

Visited January 2013
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Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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“I go on this tour multiple times a year, and it never stops making me tear up!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

If you get emotional about Little Women... even the movie (I love both the movie and book and have since I was a child) you must go on this tour, even if you're flying from across the country. If you're someone who just loves history, it's also a must see. Bronson Alcott, Louisa's father, started adult education, and that first adult education building is part of the tour. There is so much historical information about other members of society during that time period that even if you're not a huge Little Women fan, or a big transcendentalist buff, you'll love the tour. (My mum is not big into these books... she's never read them, but she's been on the tour twice.) Each time, the tour guide is different, so you learn something new. It's a beautiful house with so much history, and the gift shop is top notch (Little Women paper dolls, really funny stuff, and also some nice editions of books, etc.) Don't miss this one!

Visited April 2012
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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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“The Alcotts house”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I have been on a tour of this house twice. They do a great job telling you about the Alcott family history.

Visited February 2012
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Concord, MA
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“Step back in time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Louisa May Alcott's house is lovingly cared for by true historians. Whether you go because of the books or for the history, you'll enjoy seeing into a different time.

Visited June 2012
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McLean, Virginia
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“Worth the wait”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

The guide was excellent, and the tour is enhanced by the fact that 85% of the furnishings are from the Alcott's time. Interesting family photographs, too, plus a very good video with an excellent actress portraying Louisa May Alcott.

Visited October 2012
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