Orchard House is CLOSED through at least May 4, 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions

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

Our Second Century of Education, Inspiration, and Preservation


 In compliance with the Governor's Stay-at-Home Advisory, Orchard House will be closed through at least May 4, 2020. 

May we all be well.

A Message from Executive Director Jan Turnquist

Dear Orchard House Friends:

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 since our March 13th closure 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 --

  • A 15-minute tour with me as “Miss Alcott.”  Having portrayed her around the world, and honored by Japan’s Empress and First Lady Laura Bush for doing so, it feels especially meaningful to portray her for you in her home!  (View trailer)
  • A 20-minute bonus video for an “up close and personal” chance to view, read about, and linger over original Alcott artifacts and the rooms of the House  (View trailer)
  • Also included is free admission for an in-person guided tour of the House “when the fates allow,” as Louisa would say


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

About Us

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


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


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!

News & Upcoming Events at Orchard House

"Welcome to Our Home" Living History Tours

"Welcome to Our Home" Living History Tours

"Welcome to Our Home" Living History Tours


"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, all March & April "Welcome to Our Home" tours have been cancelled.  

Summer Youth Programs

"Welcome to Our Home" Living History Tours

"Welcome to Our Home" Living History Tours


 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

"Welcome to Our Home" Living History Tours

Summer Conversational Series Registration


 "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!

Benefit 5K / 10K with Uta Pippig 9.20.20

Summer Conversational Series Registration


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

Benefit 5K / 10K with Uta Pippig 9.20.20

Benefit 5K / 10K with Uta Pippig 9.20.20


Save the Date ~ 9.20.2020

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!

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!

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

CLOSED through at least MAY 4, 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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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