This formal room is decorated with earth-toned wallpaper and a green patterned carpet that contrasts with the burgundy-themed Study across the hall.  Arched niches were built by Mr. Alcott to display busts of his favorite philosophers, Socrates and Plato, but during and after the Civil War, Rogers groupings were often displayed instead.  Family portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Alcott and watercolors by May Alcott -- along with her pen and ink drawing of Moses on the fireboard -- enliven the room.  On May 23, 1860, Anna Alcott, the model for "Meg March" in Little Women, married John Bridge Pratt (the fictional "John Brooke") beneath an arbor in this room.


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