Orchard House has re-opened with Timed-Entry Admission and a face mask requirement for all visitors and staff. Due to COVID capacity limitations, we cannot guarantee ticket availability for "walk-ins," but will make every effort to safely accommodate as many visitors as possible. As always, access to our gardens and grounds remains free and available to all.
Walk, run, stroll, or shimmy to feel the joy of movement and benefit Orchard House! Support our educational programming and preservation efforts by participating in or donating to our Annual Walk/Run
Can't participate? Gift Registrations and Donations also accepted!
Event registration will begin shortly, but donations are always accepted to help us reach our fundraising goal! Please consider a gift in any amount today to keep the doors of Orchard House open for many tomorrows to come!
SATURDAY, 29 OCTOBER 2022 7:00 pm
Concord School of Philosophy
Limited seating; reservations required
(Recording from Virtual Option coming soon)
Be part of an extraordinary event when Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer John Matteson and award-winning screenwriter Scott Halvorson discuss the process of turning a celebrated biography into a compelling screenplay. Held in person at The Concord School of Philosophy on the grounds of Orchard House. Seating is limited; reservations strongly urged.
Offered in conjunction with the 2022 Concord Festival of Authors (discover other CFA events)
Writers of all abilities (18 years+) are invited to join Lara Wilson -- author, writing teacher, and co-creator of Be Well Be Here -- and author/educator Jeannine Atkins for uniquely inspiring programming derived from the thoughts, words, and lives of the Alcotts and Marches. Experiment with engaging the observational mode, wisely choose expressive language that resonates, and discover other writing techniques that open your mind, ease your intellect, and ignite your inner wisdom!
'Learning's Altar' - The Rise of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning in Concord and Beyond
This year’s Summer Series offered an in-depth examination of the history of adult education around the world, and how programs like The Concord School of Philosophy revolutionized attitudes toward lifelong learning and intellectual growth.
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).
Donations accepted year-round!
Walk, run, stroll, or shimmy during our fun, fitness-focused event that can be done anywhere in the world, in any weather! Participants, their families, friends, and fans are invited to virtually join UTA PIPPIG -- marathon legend, fitness motivator, and event Honorary Chair -- to support our public education and historic preservation initiatives.
"Apple Slump Players"
Theater Workshop and
"Write Stuff!" Creating Writing Workshop
Returning in Summer 2023!
Next year, youngsters ages 8 - 12 are invited to join in our uniquely entertaining and educational virtual weeklong intensives. Budding thespians and authors in all genres will enjoy distinctly creative and fun experiences, and make memories that will last a lifetime!
Academy Award winner Chris Cooper joins Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist for a scintillating Zoom webinar about the making of Greta Gerwig’s 2019 Little Women film! We are extremely grateful to Mr. Cooper for giving generously of his time so that all proceeds from this event can benefit Orchard House’s educational programs and historic preservation!
Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist’s special Zoom webinar guest for this year’s Concord Festival of Authors is award-winning historical fiction author Katherine Sherbrooke, who will discuss her new novel, Leaving Coy’s Hill, as well as the connections between celebrated Concord resident Louisa May Alcott and the novel’s central character, Lucy Stone.
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!
"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 are temporarily suspended
Orchard House has re-opened with Timed-Entry Admission and a face mask requirement for all visitors and staff. Please note that due to capacity limitations, we cannot guarantee ticket availability for "walk-ins," but will make every effort to safely accommodate as many visitors as possible.
Virtual Tours are available as another option to experience Orchard House, and as always, our gardens and grounds remain free and accessible to all.
399 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742 USA
General Phone: 978.369.4118
11:00 am – 03:30 pm
April - October Hours of Operation:
Weekdays & Saturdays, 10 am - 5 pm; Sundays, 1 - 5 pm
Closed: January 1 - 3, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, & New Year's Eve
Open 1:00 - 5:00 pm: December 26, 2022
Open at Noon: Patriots' Day (third Monday in April)
Open Extended Hours (10 am - 5 pm): Veterans' Day, day after Thanksgiving, weekdays between Christmas and New Year's, Martin Luther King Jr Day, February School Vacation weekdays