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“Little Women brought to life”
Review of Orchard House

Orchard House
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$57.00*
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$54.00*
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American History Tour: Cambridge, Lexington and Concord Day Trip from Boston
Ranked #3 of 32 things to do in Concord
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Immortalized by Louisa May Alcott in the beloved classic, Little Women, Orchard House (c. 1690) 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 country, Orchard House has, for over a century, provided inspirational accounts of the Alcott family’s contributions to the fields of literature, education, philosophy, the arts, and social justice through award-winning guided tours, unique educational programs for students of all ages, and lively living history events . The Concord School of Philosophy and a Museum Store are also on the premises.
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Our family visited the Orchard House in Concord, MA in Oct. 2012. My children and I love the book and the movie Little Women. I was expecting the typical "historical site" experience, but left with so much more. Upon arriving, you watch a short film about the house. You are then led by a docent in a small group through the house. As soon as we started the tour, the book and movie came to life to all of us! We felt like we were on the movie set. We could "feel" and "see" all of our beloved characters throughout the house. You will never realize how much the book is a representation of Alcott's life and upbringing until you visit her home. You can actually see Amy's original drawings on the walls still! You can see Jo's writing desk. If you are a LW fan you will not be disappointed.

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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!

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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!

Thank Lindsay S
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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.

Thank oldpatterns
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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.

Thank ConcordAnn
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