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Orchard House

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Immortalized by Louisa May Alcott in the beloved classic, Little Women, Orchard House (c. 1670) is best known for being where the groundbreaking novel was written and set in 1868. One of the oldest, most authentically-preserved historic sites in the...more
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399 Lexington Rd, Concord, MA 01742-3712
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a Concord resident I have visited Orchard House with guests and never tire of the tour narrative when I accompany them. Our most recent visitors were a young couple who had taken in all the historic and literary sites on their own felt it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

We all read Little Women as students growing up, right? It's awesome to be able to visit Louisa May Alcott's house! The house is well preserved. Parking surrounds the yard of the house, which is very convenient. It's worth a visit!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank WanderingToesTiger
Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

The house was super cool and has a great bookstore that included everything from primers on the works produced by these amazing thinkers to full volumes. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. Defo go!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tommy1125
Reviewed December 12, 2018

We visited Orchard House in December because I wanted to see it decked out for the holidays and also wanted to avoid the summer crowds. There were only 4 people in our tour group. The tour guide was absolutely fabulous --engaging and informative, and obviously...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ginnymessina
Reviewed December 10, 2018

For a relatively small house, there is so much to see and learn about. Our tour guide was a really awesome young woman. She was so knowledgeable and you could tell she loved her job and was very passionate about it. The gift shop feels...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Maria W
Reviewed December 4, 2018

As a fan of Little Women this was a treat,the house is a delight just as was described in her books. The guide was very informative and interesting,I hadn't realised that Alcott's senior were so involved with the Underground Railroad for escaping slaves,plus all the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank deborahburke4
Reviewed November 30, 2018

Ok, I'll admit, I was dragged here by my wife. "Little Women"? Ok, yeah I read it, well WAY BACK WHEN. I actually thought it was decent, even if I could barely remember the plot. But Alcott, really wrote a semi-autobiography, and for someone versed...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dan D
Reviewed November 17, 2018

Did not know what to expect but with our great guide the tour explained more than I ever knew about the family and the times. Around 75 percent of the items are the family's own so you really feel like you stepped back into their...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Birthday-Gal
Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

This was the reason for our two night stay in Concord, Ma and we weren't disappointed. The guided tour was excellent and we were able to learn so much about Louisa M Alcott, her sisters, mother and especially her father. It was also great to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Garonne9
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Anyone who has ever read the book Little Women has to visit Louise May Alcott's home!! And the home of her family. The guide was absolutely amazingly knowledgeable and friendly and helpful. We could have listened to her talk forever. The tour was totally worth...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Rachel L
October 16, 2017|
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Response from NanWoodward | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely, and it is interesting to see the old building to the left of the house where Bronson Alcott had his school.
May 29, 2016|
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Response from cavdog72 | Reviewed this property |
Would recommend that you use an Uber driver to go to the Orchard House. Would also recommend that you go to some of the sights within walking distance (Concord Museum, etc.) to make the trip worth your time.
April 7, 2015|
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Response from C B | Reviewed this property |
Actually, if you can get to Lexington, you should check out the Liberty Ride, based out of Lexington, TripAdvisor will not let me paste in the URL. Good Luck. good luck!
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Sunday or Monday and...Anna's Fried Dough! (12 Replies)
We (three nieces--23, 17, 15) and I are going to Prince Edward Island from Philadelphia via New England, of course. Our first stop is the Boston area: we plan to go to Orchard House/Concord on the way to our hotel in Burlington, and then spend either Sunday or Monday in Boston for the Freedom Trail, Public Gardens, and possible Harbor Cruise. (We'll be driving to the T--I'm assuming Alewife Station? and taking that in.) So, my first question: is there an advantage to going on Sunday June...More
June 21, 2014|
Response fromOriginalThomas144|
Never heard of Anna's Fried Dough but it appears to be Zeppole, something that would ever occur to me to purchase considering how easy they are to make at home, and wouldn't travel well. Apparently they are sold at BJ's but I have never seen them. I wouldn't go crazy trying to find "Anna's Fried Dough" in Boston. If you can afford to stay in the city I recommend that you stay in the city. There's nothing especially challenging about driving in Boston but you don't really need or want a car...More
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I noticed that my local school's spring recess is at the same time as Patriot's Day this year. (2011) So instead of heading for Philadelphia as planned, I am thinking of going to witness the historical re-enactments in Lexington and Concord. Anyone here attend? What are the best events? I found a website with Patriot Day events but I am interested in hearing first hand accounts of been there, done that. I have been to Boston and love it, but might as well see Walden Pond and Orchard House...More
January 01, 2011|
Response frommrmisrule|
The Boston Marathon! I had forgotten! Oh well. Actually the kids on vacation not so bad as I have found that at least you aren't dealing with busloads of kids on school fieldtrips. Guess I better decide now and book early. Thanks!
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Concord--Easy to Walk to Historic Sites? (6 Replies)
I'd like to take a day trip from Boston to Concord via public transportation. If I arrive at Concord Station, are all the major tourist sites within walking distance? I'd especially like to see Orchard House and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery among other sites. Thanks!
March 23, 2013|
Response fromBooKat|
It is about a 15-20 minute walk from the train station to the center. Don't miss the Concord Museum, which has many good exhibits about the history of the area. Be sure to get off the train in Concord Center and not West Concord, which is several miles from where you want to be.