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“All Season Excursion”
Review of Orchard House

Orchard House
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American History Tour: Cambridge, Lexington and Concord Day Trip from Boston
Ranked #3 of 31 things to do in Concord
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Family home where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set "Little Women."
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“All Season Excursion”
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
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“I go on this tour multiple times a year, and it never stops making me tear up!”
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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Thank Lindsay S
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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The Alcotts house”
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
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Step back in time”
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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72 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Worth the wait”
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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