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“Interesting, but Sloooow”
Review of Orchard House

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 8 June 2014

It was great to see a house where so many brilliant minds met. Although the tour guide was very nice and had some interesting facts she talked SO SLOWLY and it got slightly unbearable at points. She was deadpan and not very engaging. Could use a more upbeat guide.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

A rare historical house that has so many of the original furnishings and paintings. The guide was great and we really loved seeing the house in back. It was special to be in the room where Louisa May Alcott wrote the book. One of the best sites in Concord.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

The home of Louisa May Alcott features a great deal of historical detail from the period, but the tour focuses on such minutia that only true fans of the author and her books are likely to remain interested through the end. Much original furniture provides a great glimpse of life in the era, but the tour would be more interesting to the casual traveler if it provided more of a generalist's overview of the author and her place in history, and a bit less of the tiny details of her family events. My companion and I darted out the side exit about four minutes into the extended discussion of yarn.

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Reviewed 24 May 2014

It was interesting enough, but it is a guided tour, which takes a little longer than I would have liked. I'm certain that true Luisa May Alcott and/or Little Women fans would absolutely adore it!

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Reviewed 15 May 2014

I've passed this house hundreds of times, living in a town next to Concord, never stopping before. However, it took a visiting niece from out-of-state - who absolutely loves the works of Louisa May Alcott - to get me to visit. It was well worth it. The tour included a short video about Louisa and then a personal tour throughout the house for the next 30 minutes. Our guide was very informative and just very nice to listen to. She really helped us to learn about the times of the Alcotts and about the personalities of the family. I had known a little bit about the Alcott family, but the tour really helped to illuminate the world of this remarkable woman-writer and her family in a very personal way. I think, just walking through the house could easily help you imagine what Louisa was thinking when she wrote her famous book. I would not mind going again. This certainly is a 'must place to visit' when visiting the town of Concord.

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