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 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!
Orchard House has a rich 350-year history that has finally been captured in a film that aired nationwide on public television and was viewed by over 10 million people. Now, it has been nominated for an Emmy as well as a film festival award, and is available for purchase on DVD.
Our Little Women Part Second Sesquicentennial was celebrated on Sunday, April 28th with crafts, live music and dance, cider press and homeopathy demonstrations, our Maypole, refreshments, guided tours, and the announcement of our first-ever Writing Contest winners!
"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.
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.
"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.
Run, walk, or cheer alongside UTA PIPPIG -- elite marathon champion, Olympian, internationally-recognized fitness motivator, and event Honorary Chair for the 14th consecutive year -- on USATF-Certified 5K and 10K courses to support our missions of public education and historic preservation.
Open year-round for award-winning guided tours,
innovative educational programs, and unique special events!
399 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742 USA
General Phone: 978.369.4118
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
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