Orchard House remains TEMPORARILY CLOSED due to COVID-19 restrictions
Orchard House remains closed due to Indoor Gathering Limitations; access to our historic landscape is free and available to all.
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 --
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
Celebrate the latest publication from the Pulitzer Prize-winning pen of Prof. John T. Matteson -- A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a Nation -- as Executive Director Jan Turnquist hosts a virtual book launch on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm!
"The Divining Power of Women:
Louisa May Alcott and the Fight for Woman Suffrage" ~ POSTPONED to 2021
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.
"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, "Welcome to Our Home" tours have been temporarily postponed
The Providence (RI) Athenaeum will host a virtual "meeting" with Louisa May Alcott -- portrayed by Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist on November 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Discover the courage and determination of this unconventional Victorian woman and her unusual family in a unique and unforgettable way!
Join Emmy Award-winning Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist on Tuesday, October 20th at 7:00 pm for "Little Women From Page to Screen" -- her own insider's perspective on the Concord, MA/Hollywood collaboration that helped Director Greta Gerwig turn a beloved book into a film sensation with attention to detail and historic integrity!
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Matteson on Sunday, October 25th at 7:00 pm as he explores how three New Englanders -- Louisa May Alcott, Arthur B. Fuller, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. -- used their experiences of war to come to terms with the expectations and legacies of their illustrious and often difficult fathers.
We've gone Virtual!
Runners, walkers, and all those who support them are invited to virtually join elite marathon legend UTA PIPPIG in support of our public education and historic preservation initiatives during our 15th Annual Benefit Walk/Run from September 10 - 20, 2020!
We are always so delighted and honored by the interest shown in Orchard House by our many Japanese supporters!
Now, with our Virtual Walk/Run, people in Japan -- and anywhere! -- can participate and/or donate