Orchard House is CLOSED through at least June 30, 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT VISITING ORCHARD HOUSE & COVID-19

 In compliance with the Governor's Stay-at-Home Advisory, Orchard House will be closed through at least June 30, 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!
  • A bonus 20-minute “up close and personal” chance to view, read about, and linger over original Alcott artifacts and the rooms of Orchard House
  • 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  

Upcoming Events

"Welcome to Our Home" Living History Tours

Summer Conversational Series Adult & Teacher Education

Summer Conversational Series Adult & Teacher Education

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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.  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 May & June "Welcome to Our Home" tours have been cancelled.   

Summer Conversational Series Adult & Teacher Education

Summer Conversational Series Adult & Teacher Education

Summer Conversational Series Adult & Teacher Education

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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.

Summer Youth & Family Programs

15th Annual Benefit 5K / 10K featuring Uta Pippig

15th Annual Benefit 5K / 10K featuring Uta Pippig

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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!  

15th Annual Benefit 5K / 10K featuring Uta Pippig

15th Annual Benefit 5K / 10K featuring Uta Pippig

15th Annual Benefit 5K / 10K featuring Uta Pippig

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Save the Date - 9.20.20


 Runners, walkers, and all those who support them are invited to join elite marathon champion UTA PIPPIG in support of Orchard House's educational and preservation initiatives during our 15th Annual Benefit 5K / 10K on September 20th

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