Could anyone tell me the easiest way to travel from Boston to Concord as we would like to visit the author's home
You can either take the Commuter Rail or drive by car. The Commuter Rail isn't very convenient for touring, as it is geared towards people who commute to Boston for work. You can check the schedule at mbta.com for the Fitchburg/South Acton line of the Commuter rail to see if it can work for you. Concord is about a half hour drive from Boston.Edited: 22 February 2011, 21:56
thank you so much we are not going till September so plenty of time to plan.
Little Women was my favourite book when I was young
I'd also suggest taking a half-hour side trip to visit the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts (www.fruitlands.org), where Louisa's father, Bronson, established a commune in the early 1840s. Louisa was a little girl at the time, and the trials that she and her family (especially her mother) endured during that hard time had a strong influence on her character and lifework. It was during this time that Bronson considered leaving his family with Charles Lane, an Englishman and co-founder of the commune. Reading Louisa's journal from this time is very sad; shortly after her 11th birthday, she wrote of crying with her sister in bed as they "prayed to God to keep us all together."
The museum includes the farmhouse where the Alcotts lived with the other members of the commune. (One man was a nudist.) You can even go up into the attic where Louisa slept.
If you're interested, you might want to read Madelon Bedell's excellent biography of the family, The Alcotts, and Louisa's parody of the Fruitlands experience, Transcendental Wild Oats.
I'd also recommend Hospital Sketches, which is a slightly fictionalized account of Louisa's work as a nurse for the Union Army during the Civil War.
And while you're in Boston, stop by the Boston Common Frog Pond, where an African-American boy saved Louisa from drowning when she was a little girl.
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