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Orchard House

The Orchard House: Home of writer, Louisa May Alcott, and her father, Bronson Alcott, Transcende

Orchard House Review

The dark brown exterior of Louisa May Alcott's family home sharply contrasts with the light, wit, and energy so much in evidence inside. Named for the apple orchard that once surrounded it, Orchard House was the Alcott family home from 1857 to 1877. Here Louisa wrote Little Women, based on her life with her three sisters; and her father, Bronson, founded his school of philosophy—the building remains behind the house. Because Orchard House had just one owner after the Alcotts left, and because it became a museum in 1911, many of the original furnishings remain, including the semicircular shelf-desk where Louisa wrote Little Women.

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  • Address: 399 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA, 01742 | Map It
  • Phone: 978/369–4118
  • Cost: $9
  • Hours: Apr.–Oct., Mon.–Sat. 10–4:30, Sun. 1–4:30; Nov.–Dec. and Jan. 3–Mar., Sat.–Sun. 11–3, Sat. 10–4:30, Sun. 1–4:30. Half-hour tours begin every 30 mins Apr.–Oct.; call for off-season schedule
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  • Location: Concord
Updated: 11-07-2013

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