"The Angel and the Demon" -
Good and Evil in the Life and Literature of Louisa May Alcott
What motivated the author so famously lauded as "The Children's Friend" to examine the dark side of humanity, and how did her interest in good and evil play out in her own life? These and many other questions will be fodder for thoughtful examination and lively discussion during this year's Series — don't miss a moment!
August 7 - 11, 2023
"Write Stuff!" Creating Writing Camp
Youngsters ages 8 - 12 are invited to join in our uniquely entertaining, educational, and popular week-long writing intensive. Aspiring young authors will enjoy distinctly creative and fun experiences, and make memories that will last a lifetime!
In honor of the Concord Free Public Library's Sesquicentennial and Concord Museum's celebratory "Perpetual Invitation . . ." exhibit, Orchard House is displaying many rarely-seen artifacts related to May Alcott's life and artistic career in every room along our guided tour. Be enlightened by, impressed with, and astonished at May’s talent, and come away with a greater appreciation for this gifted artist whose life (all too brief), joie de vivre, and legacy continue to uplift and enrich us!
Visitors from around the world or across town consider our gardens and grounds to be a perpetual source of hope, joy, and beauty. While Mr. Alcott spent years honoring the historic landscape by carefully tending it, Louisa paid tribute to the family’s love of horticulture in Little Women by having the March sisters cultivate their own flower beds.
Read what all the buzz is about in a delightful article written by Executive Director Jan Turnquist — then try your hand at creating your own Little Women Garden!
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)
Please note that due to inclement weather, the February 23rd showing is POSTPONED to March 2nd
Treat yourself to a February full of Marches!
All four major motion pictures of Little Women (1933, 1949, 1994, 2019) will be shown chronologically on consecutive Thursdays in February in collaboration with The Concord Players
Participate through December 31st;
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.
A unique opportunity to enjoy beloved holiday music performed by talented Revolutionary War re-enactors in an evocative space. Centuries combine to produce an unforgettable evening of merriment when The Concord Minute Men Fife & Drum Corps offers a delightful medley of holiday favorites in honor of the fact that Orchard House (circa 1650) was home to not one but two Concord Minute Men in 1775! Be on the look-out for details about next year's concert in November 2023.
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 Adult & Teacher Education 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. Register to receive recordings to watch any time.
“The Angel and the Demon” -
Good and Evil in the Life and Literature
of Louisa May Alcott
July 16 - 20, 2023
Concord School of Philosophy & Virtual
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 has concluded for 2022, but donations are accepted year-round. Please consider a gift in any amount today to keep the doors of Orchard House open for many tomorrows to come!
"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 these tours are temporarily suspended
Orchard House is a "mask-friendly" site; face masks are optional for entry. To guarantee admission, we encourage reserving Timed-Entry tickets online, but “walk-ins” may also be accommodated. As always, our gardens and grounds remain free and accessible to all, while Virtual Tours provide an enjoyable way to experience Orchard House from the comfort of your own home.
399 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742 USA
General Phone: 978.369.4118
11:00 am – 05:00 pm
November - March Hours of Operation:
Weekdays, 11 am - 3:30 pm; Saturdays, 10 am - 5 pm; Sundays, 1 - 5 pm
CLOSED: January 1st - 3rd, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve
Open at Noon: Patriots' Day (third Monday in April - April 17th in 2023)
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