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Orchard House
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Ranked #3 of 33 things to do in Concord
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Immortalized by Louisa May Alcott in the beloved classic, Little Women, Orchard House (c. 1690) is best known for being where the groundbreaking novel was written and set in 1868. One of the oldest, most authentically-preserved historic sites in the country, Orchard House has, for over a century, provided inspirational accounts of the Alcott family’s contributions to the fields of literature, education, philosophy, the arts, and social justice through award-winning guided tours, unique educational programs for students of all ages, and lively living history events . The Concord School of Philosophy and a Museum Store are also on the premises.
Reviewed 5 March 2014

Although Alcott did not grow up in this house, it is a place that feels familiar to her readers. All visits are guided. While Louisa is clearly the main attraction, one also gets a sense of the other family members, especially her creative sisters (one of whom drew on the walls, one who played music).

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Reviewed 19 January 2014

Like stepping back in time, a visit to Concord is not complete without touring Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. This was her family home while she was writing Little Women and it has been so well preserved its as if she just stepped away from her desk. Nice small gift shop to explore. Bronson Alcott's school building located behind the home is very interesting as well.

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Reviewed 19 December 2013

This was by far my favorite part of our trip to Concord! The tour guide we had, although being only about 16 and still in high school, was incredibly knowledgable and interesting. It's amazing to look at the pictures on the walls of Louisa May Alcott growing up and seeing the house in almost the same exact condition! It makes you feel very connected to the history of the house and get to imagine the famous author on a very personal level. Definitely must go! Was only about $10 to enter, $8 with a student ID and lasted about 30min. Unfortunately, pictures are not allowed inside the house. There is a small gift shop inside.

Thank mothballs1993
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

Orchard House was the childhood home of Louisa May Alcott, author of "Little Women". Her major work is loosely based on anecdotes of the author's family, growing to adulthood in this secluded country house set in an apple orchard.
The author's father was an unsuccessful educator, who was a transcendentalist, and an associate of Concord's literary giants, Thoreau, Emerson,and Hawthorne.
He raised his daughters to pursue their artistic and special interests in a rather progressive way for the time.
The Docent was very good at leaving a good feel of what life was like and the significance of the Alcotts to local life. She was properly general, but made it clear that she would gladly answer any questions.
The House generates interest from a rather eclectic group of visitors.

Thank Ray S
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Or have seen the movie (filmed in the house), you will love visiting Orchard House. It has been well preserved just as it was. The docents are in costume and in character and the tour is charming. It is especially wonderful to visit during the winter holidays, when the house is decorated and the docents share the story of the family's gift giving. As an added bonus, Louisa May often appears at Sunday brunch at the Colonial Inn down the street. Call ahead to check and be sure to make reservations. She is delightful to chat with and always stays in character.

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