Welcome 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


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

Emmy Award-Winning Documentary


Orchard House has a rich 350-year historical and literary significance unlike that of any other home that has finally been captured on film.  Airing nationwide on public television, it was viewed by over 10 million people.  It has now been awarded an Emmy, and is available for purchase on DVD.

Watch the Trailer

Alcott Writing Contest Winners


Our inaugural Alcott Writing Contest solicited short stories written by high school-aged youths, with nearly 100 entries received from across the country and around the globe!  We are now pleased to announce the three winners and share their entries with you.

Contest Winners

Monthly 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.

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Summer Programs for Youths


From mornings spent traveling back in time for "A Visit with the Alcotts," to week-long workshops for aspiring young thespians ("The Apple Slump Players") and writers ("Write Stuff!"), we hope you'll join in all the excitement at Orchard House this summer.

details / register online

Summer Conversational Series


"Good Wives:  Marriage and Family in Little Women Part Second and Beyond" will address the meaning of marriage and family in the 19th Century and our own time, and examine the ongoing struggle women face in creating and maintaining a productive and fulfilling life.

details / register online

14th Annual Benefit 5K / 10K


Run, walk, or cheer alongside UTA PIPPIG -- elite marathon champion, Olympian, internationally-recognized fitness motivator, and Honorary Chair for the 14th consecutive year --  on USATF-Certified 5K and 10K courses to support our missions of public education and historic preservation.

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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

April - October Hours of Operation

Closed:   Early January, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas

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

Open Extended Hours:   Veterans' Day, day after Thanksgiving, weekdays between Christmas and New Year's, Martin Luther King Jr Day, weekdays of February School Vacation

November - March Hours of Operation

Weekdays, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 pm

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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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