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Orchard House

  • 399 Lexington Rd. Map It
  • Concord
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Published 07/14/2016

Fodor's Review

The dark brown exterior of Louisa May Alcott's family home sharply contrasts with the light, wit, and energy so much in evidence within. 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 in part on her life with her three sisters; and her father, Bronson, founded the Concord 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, more than 75% of the original furnishings remain, including the semicircular shelf-desk where Louisa wrote Little Women.

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399 Lexington Rd., Concord, Massachusetts, 01742, USA

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Sight Details:

  • $10
  • Apr.–Oct., Mon.–Sat. 10–4:30, Sun. 1–4:30; Nov.–Mar., weekdays 11–3, Sat. 10–4:30, Sun. 1–4:30. Tours usually every 30 mins Apr.–Oct.; less frequently in winter

Published 07/14/2016


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