Projected Re-Opening on August 1, 2021
Our Second Century of Education, Inspiration, and Preservation
Orchard House continues to be temporarily closed.
Our projected re-opening is August 1st. Updates will be posted here as they arise. Access to our gardens and grounds remains free and available to all.
July 11 - 15, 2021
(Register now, or later!)
July 26 - 30, 2021
for ages 8 - 12
August 2 - 6, 2021
for ages 8 - 12
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 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.
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!
Join Executive Director Jan Turnquist nearly every Sunday at 2:00 pm for Facebook Live events affectionately called "Hope, and Keep Busy" broadcasts!
Celebrate the unique and evocative structure that has welcomed scholars and students since July 12, 1880!
For educators, parents, or students who want to learn about Little Women and Louisa May Alcott
Bronson Alcott was a revolutionary educator and passionate educational reformer -- be inspired by his own words!
All episodes of our Digital Discovery series are available to view any time in our Vimeo Showcase, with more to come as time goes by
Follow the beautiful transformation of our Little Women Garden -- a perennial favorite of visitors for decades
Youngsters ages 8 - 12 are invited to join a virtual weeklong intensive in Acting/Theater. Have fun taking a role in a play as the Alcott sisters did, create props and costumes, and perform for family and friends. Go behind the scenes and take center stage!
Youngsters ages 8 - 12 are invited to join a virtual weeklong intensive in Creative Writing. Explore many different forms of writing like Louisa May Alcott did, and create your own stories, poems, and dialogue. Author-Illustrators welcome, too!
"The Divining Power of Women:
Louisa May Alcott and the
Fight for Woman Suffrage"
July 11 - 15, 2021
To celebrate the 19th Amendment's Centennial, this year’s Summer Conversational Series adult and teacher education will explore the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the journey toward securing woman suffrage both here and abroad.
We'll be Virtual -- and perhaps In-Person, too!
Runners, walkers, and all those who support them are invited to virtually join elite marathon legend and joyful fitness motivator UTA PIPPIG in support of our public education and historic preservation initiatives during the Annual Benefit Walk/Run October 14 - 24, 2021. "If the fates allow," as Louisa liked to say, we will hold an in-person event on Sunday, October 24th. Registration opens soon; stay tuned for more details.
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).
In the “Weekend Away” section (pages 68-73, accessible via the link below), Orchard House is one of the sites that Yankee recommends to visit -- even if only on the outside -- during a Spring weekend trip to Lexington and Concord. You may read the entire issue as well, without a subscription, using the link.
During the "Main Streets and Back Roads" segment of beloved Boston TV newsmagazine's Chronicle, host Anthony Everett highlighted the rich history, culture, and natural beauty contained within Concord, Massachusetts. Look for footage of their visit to Orchard House on a snowy February 10th!
Celebrate the latest publication from the Pulitzer Prize-winning pen of John Matteson -- A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a Nation -- by watching the Virtual Book Launch hosted by Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist on Tuesday, February 9, 2021!
The Providence (RI) Athenaeum hosts a virtual "meeting" with Louisa May Alcott -- portrayed by Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist -- on November 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Discover the courage and determination of this unconventional Victorian woman and her unusual family in this unique, unforgettable program!
Advance registration required for this free event
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Matteson on Sunday, October 25th at 7:00 pm as he explores how three New Englanders -- Louisa May Alcott, Arthur B. Fuller, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. -- used their experiences of war to come to terms with the expectations and legacies of their illustrious and often difficult fathers.
Emmy Award-winning Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist presents "Little Women From Page to Screen" -- her own insider's perspective on the Concord/Hollywood collaboration that helped Director Greta Gerwig turn a beloved book into a film sensation with such attention to detail and historic integrity!
"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. Offered the fourth Saturday of each month through November, as well as during February and April school vacation.
Please note that due to COVID-19, these tours have been temporarily postponed
Executive Director Jan Turnquist highlights the creativity and resilience at work as the beloved "Home of Little Women" has faced a year like no other. To make a donation in support of educational programs and historic preservation that have inspired generations of visitors, please click the button below.
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House (circa 1650) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1911; FED Tax ID #04-2126592
During this unsettling time, we hope you and your families are safe and healthy.
We miss you -- and, have noticed literally hundreds of you still stopping by Orchard House each week since our closure on March 13th of last year to enjoy our grounds and peer through the windows! We wish we could invite you all inside the House right now, but we’ve created what we hope is a special “virtual treat” instead.
Via the magic of video, experience Orchard House with --
All this for only $10 -- less than the cost of a guided tour!
Videos with 48-hour access are available at Vimeo On Demand. Tour admission is limited to one per rental, with no expiration date -- simply present your payment confirmation email at our Admission Desk after we re-open. By purchasing this "virtual visit bundle" now, you also help to sustain our private 501(c)(3) non-profit, for which we are most grateful!
The Alcotts’ response to the challenges of the Civil War era remind us that we can persevere through dangerous times and emerge with renewed strength born of compassion, grace, and a dose of grit! We hope these virtual glimpses into the home of the Alcotts provide an uplifting experience for you, and thank you for your interest in and support of Orchard House.
We look forward to seeing you here as soon as it is safe to do so. Please keep checking our website and social media posts for updates about our re-opening.
With gratitude and affection,
Jan Turnquist, Executive Director
Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House
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 at the Marriott Boston Copley Place on 15 June 2019
Celebrate the latest publication from the Pulitzer Prize-winning pen of John Matteson -- A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a Nation -- by watching the recorded Virtual Book Launch hosted by Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist on Tuesday, February 9, 2021!
During the event, Prof. Matteson discussed the genesis of his new book and the poignant, inspiring, often surprising backstories of the five individuals featured within -- Louisa May Alcott, Arthur Fuller, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, John Pelham, and Walt Whitman -- as well as how this pivotal time in American history not only provided life-changing lessons in the moment, but continue to hold relevance for turbulent modern times. (Learn more about the book here) This free Webinar was conducted/recorded via Zoom and livestreamed on Facebook. A Trivia Game, Q&A, and virtual toast were also included in the festivities.
A Worse Place Than Hell . . . is still available at a discounted price through our Online Museum Store. Copies purchased from Orchard House include a bookplate signed by the author and a custom-designed bookmark commemorating the publication. Prof. Matteson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Alcott biography, Eden's Outcasts - The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father, and The Annotated Little Women may also be purchased from us.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House has been closed to the public since March 13, 2020. Tax-deductible contributions in support of tonight's event and future programming are gratefully accepted here.
Many thanks to those who joined us live on February 9th. We hope many more of you will enjoy watching the recording!
ORCHARD HOUSE REMAINS TEMPORARILY CLOSED. Our projected re-opening is August 1st. Updates will be posted here as they arise. Access to our gardens and grounds remains free and available to all.
399 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742 USA
General Phone: 978.369.4118
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
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