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“Absolutely wonderful tour!!”
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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."
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 you feel very connected to the history of the house and get to imagine the famous author on a very personal level. Definitely must go! Was only about $10 to enter, $8 with a student ID and lasted about 30min. Unfortunately, pictures are not allowed inside the house. There is a small gift shop inside.

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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.
He raised his daughters to pursue their artistic and special interests in a rather progressive way for the time.
The Docent was very good at leaving a good feel of what life was like and the significance of the Alcotts to local life. She was properly general, but made it clear that she would gladly answer any questions.
The House generates interest from a rather eclectic group of visitors.

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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 family's gift giving. As an added bonus, Louisa May often appears at Sunday brunch at the Colonial Inn down the street. Call ahead to check and be sure to make reservations. She is delightful to chat with and always stays in character.

Thank Saussy
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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.

Thank H H
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

So many times I have traveled past Orchard House exploring between Concord and Lexington (so much to learn along the way) but other than going into the gift shop, never had the time to take the tour. But today I did. Allow at least an hour and a half because the docents are excellent and well versed to discuss Louisa May Alcott her father, Bronson, and their famous literary neighbors. Even if you have not read LITTLE WOMEN, you get a feel for the Alcott's life for 20 years in this 17th century home that Bronson repaired for his family. And, this home museum is now in its second century. Concord and Lexington take many, many visits - and I have made probably a dozen. But, put Orchard House high on your list.

Thank RayBoas
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