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Welcome to " The Home of Little Women" ... and so much more

Welcome to " The Home of Little Women" ... and so much more

Welcome to " The Home of Little Women" ... and so much moreWelcome to " The Home of Little Women" ... and so much moreWelcome to " The Home of Little Women" ... and so much more

Our Second Century of Education, Inspiration, and Preservation

About Us

Painting of Orchard House, circa 1850, by the youngest Alcott daughter, May

What

Orchard House (c. 1650) is most noted for being where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set Little Women in 1868.  This noble home also has a rich history stretching back two centuries beforehand, as well as more than 100 years of life as a treasured historic site open to the public.

The Alcotts and Orchard House, circa 1865

Who

The Alcotts were a famous yet flawed family who firmly believed in the power of unconditional love, personal agency, and social justice.  Discover the many ways in which they impacted literature, education, philosophy, art, reforms of all kinds -- and each other.

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When

Orchard House is open year-round for guided tours, educational programs, living history, and special events.  No matter the season, or whether you are a Little Women fan, educator, family, student, or scholar, there's always something to enjoy!

News & Upcoming Events at Orchard House

Valentine Visit with the Alcotts

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Please note:  This program is Sold Out


Celebrate "Love's Own Day" on February 8th during this interactive, intergenerational program featuring a guided tour of Orchard House with a Living History portrayer sharing anecdotes about friendship, love, and marriage from the Alcotts' own journal and letters, 19th C. crafts, and refreshments.  

Valentine Tea with Louisa May Alcott Seating #1 at Colonial Inn

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On February 15th, join "Louisa May Alcott" (portrayed by Orchard House's own Jan Turnquist) for a lively, interactive, and heartwarming experience along with Harney & Sons Little Women Orchard House Blend Tea and the Inn's delightful savory and sweet treats!  Two seatings (11:30 & 2:15); phone 978.341.8211 (weekdays) for further details.

Valentine Tea with Louisa May Alcott Seating #2 at Colonial Inn

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On February 15th, join "Louisa May Alcott" (portrayed by Orchard House's own Jan Turnquist) for a lively, interactive, and heartwarming experience along with Harney & Sons Little Women Orchard House Blend Tea and the Inn's delightful savory and sweet treats!  Two seatings (11:30 & 2:15); phone 978.341.8211 (weekdays) for further details.

Monthly Living History Tours

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"Welcome to Our Home" offers an interactive tour with an expert living history guide, allowing for intimate access to fascinating anecdotes about the Alcotts' lives and times.  19th Century games, songs, and a treasure hunt round out this memorable experience suitable for all ages.

Summer Conversational Series CALL for PROPOSALS

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  "The Divining Power of Women:

Louisa May Alcott and the

Fight for Woman Suffrage"

To celebrate the 19th Amendment's Centennial, this year’s adult education gathering and teacher workshop will explore the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the journey toward securing woman suffrage both here and abroad.

Presenter proposals accepted through March 1st

April Vacation Youth Programs

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"Little Women Fun Week"

 Youths ages 8 ~ 12 are invited to enjoy uniquely entertaining and educational morning programs filled with favorite activities of Louisa May Alcott and her sisters -- the real-life inspiration for “Meg,” “Jo,” “Beth,” and “Amy” in Little Women. 

Summer Youth Programs

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 From Living History programs ("Morning with the Alcotts") and week-long intensives in Theater ("Apple Slump Players") or Writing ("Write Stuff!"), to introductory experiences for our youngest visitors and their caregivers ("Hand-in-Hand"), there's something for everyone at Orchard House this Summer!   

Summer Conversational Series Registration

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 "The Divining Power of Women:

Louisa May Alcott and the

Fight for Woman Suffrage"

To celebrate the 19th Amendment's Centennial, this year’s adult education gathering and teacher workshop will explore the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the journey toward securing woman suffrage both here and abroad.

Emmy-Winning Documentary!

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Orchard House has a rich 350-year historical and literary significance that has finally been captured on film.  Viewed by millions nationwide on public television, it has now been awarded an Emmy and is available for purchase from our Museum Store (special pricing available for online orders only).

Benefit 5K / 10K with Uta Pippig 9.20.20

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Save the Date!

Runners, walkers, and all those who support them are invited to join elite marathon champion UTA PIPPIG in support of our public education and historic preservation initiatives during our 15th Annual Benefit 5K / 10K on September 20, 2020

Make a Visit

Open year-round for award-winning guided tours,

innovative educational programs, and unique special events!

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

399 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742 USA

General Phone: 978.369.4118

November - March Hours of Operation

Open today

11:00 am – 03:00 pm


Closed:   January 1 & 2, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas


Open 10:00 am - 2:00 pm:  Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve


Open at Noon:   Patriots' Day (third Monday in April)


Open Extended Hours (10:00 am - 4:30 pm): Veterans' Day, day after Thanksgiving, weekdays between Christmas and New Year's, Martin Luther King Jr Day, weekdays of February School Vacation


April - October Hours of Operation

Weekdays, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Saturdays, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Documentary Wins Emmy!

Louisa May Alcott's desk in Orchard House with Emmy statuette; Trey Powers, photographer

  Our Orchard House:  Home of Little Women Documentary was honored with the Emmy for Outstanding Historical/Cultural  Program/Special during the 42nd Boston/New England Emmy Awards Gala at the Marriott Boston Copley Place on 15 June 2019


Find out more about this amazing achievement!

Support Us

Your contribution enables us to keep the legacy of Orchard House, the Alcotts, and Little Women alive for generations to come.  Find out more about how we put your donations to work.


Please consider giving generously to support our mission of public education and historic preservation.  Thank you!


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Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you!

For postal mail correspondence, please use the following address:

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

PO Box 343 Concord, Massachusetts 01742-0343 USA

General Phone 978.369.4118 | General Fax 978.369.1367 | Museum Store Fax 978.369.9611 Jan Turnquist, Executive Director | jturnquist@louisamayalcott.org | 978.369.4118 x102