Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House To find out more, 24/7, visit louisamayalcott.org, littlewomen150.org, and orchardhousedocumentary.org!

You've read the book ... You've seen the movie ... Now visit the place where it all began. The Home of Little Women -- and so much more! Regular Hours of Operation April - October: M - Sat 10:00 - 5:00; Sun 11:00 - 5:00 November - March: M - F 11:00 - 3:00, Sat 10:00 - 4:30; Sun 1:00 - 4:30 Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, December 31, 2017 & January 1, 2018

It's Global Running Day, a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving, no matter how far or...
06/05/2019

It's Global Running Day, a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving, no matter how far or how fast! Why not also take today to pre-register for our 14th Annual Benefit 5K/10K on September 22nd? You'll be in great company -- with the phenomenal Uta Pippig, our Honorary Chair, along with hundreds of runners, walkers, and supporters. Save $10 by signing up before September 21st at https://www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=11316.
#GlobalRunningDay #TakeTheMagicStep

“...a blaze of sunshine and a bower of spring freshness and fragrance: for here Rose had let her fancy have free play;...
06/04/2019

“...a blaze of sunshine and a bower of spring freshness and fragrance: for here Rose had let her fancy have free play; and each garland, fern, and flower had its meaning.” Tuesday tidings from Louisa May Alcott’s novel, Rose in Bloom, “Short and Sweet” #fancyhavefreeplay #fresh #meaning #louisamayalcottsorchardhouse

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, so get up, get out, and get some culture by using the "Museums on Us" perk off...
06/02/2019

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, so get up, get out, and get some culture by using the "Museums on Us" perk offered to Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and US Trust customers/employees. We're open today till 4:30 pm and would love to see you!

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Our hearts are full, as we honor the heroes who gave their lives in service to our country.  With deepest gratitude, we ...
05/27/2019

Our hearts are full, as we honor the heroes who gave their lives in service to our country. With deepest gratitude, we humbly thank you.

#MemorialDay #MemorialDayWeekend #Gratitude #Remembrance #Love

“The dear girl was married on the 23d, the same day as Mother’s wedding.  A lovely day; the house full of sunshine, ...
05/23/2019

“The dear girl was married on the 23d, the same day as Mother’s wedding. A lovely day; the house full of sunshine, flowers, friends, and happiness. Uncle S. J. May married them, with no fuss, but much love; and well all stood round her. She in her silver-gray silk, with lilies of the valley (John’s flower) in her bosom and hair.” As described here by Louisa, Anna Alcott married John Bridge Pratt on this day in 1860 - the same day her parents were married 30 years prior!

Anna writes of John that, “I’ve felt for the first time in my life the joyful consciousness that I am truly loved by a truly good man...A man in whom I can trust without fear, in whose principles I have faith, in whose large, warm loving heart my own restless soul can find repose.” With happy hearts, we celebrate this dual anniversary!

Anna’s original wedding dress is currently on display here at Orchard House. The pictured lilies of the valley are growing by our front door:)

We are now in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame and have all of our visitors to thank for it!  For five years in a row, we've...
05/23/2019

We are now in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame and have all of our visitors to thank for it! For five years in a row, we've received a "Certificate of Excellence" for the many ways in which we welcome, enlighten, and entertain you. We couldn't be more proud -- and determined to keep our streak going!

Under the Lilacs!
05/21/2019

Under the Lilacs!

Love to you on Mother’s Day!
05/12/2019

Love to you on Mother’s Day!

May the Fourth [and the Fifth] be with you ... if you're a Bank of America, US Trust, or Merrill Lynch customer or emplo...
05/04/2019

May the Fourth [and the Fifth] be with you ... if you're a Bank of America, US Trust, or Merrill Lynch customer or employee. Visit Orchard House today and tomorrow (May 4th & 5th), present your credit/debit card or employee ID, and receive #FREE admission through the "Museums on Us" program!

Find out more about the "Museums on Us" initiative #BoA is sponsoring at http://go.bofa.com/OnUs

What a night!  We are humbled and privileged to have had our documentary, "Orchard House - Home of Little Women," nomina...
04/25/2019

What a night! We are humbled and privileged to have had our documentary, "Orchard House - Home of Little Women," nominated for an Emmy in the Historical/Cultural Program/Special category!

#ThisOnesFor everyone who supported our project and values how the past infuses our present and impacts the future!

(The @NewEnglandEmmy Awards Ceremony will be held on June 15th at the Marriott Boston Copley Place. Find out more at https://newenglandemmy.org/)

“My wise mother, anxious to give me a strong body to support a lively brain, turned me loose in the country and let me...
04/22/2019

“My wise mother, anxious to give me a strong body to support a lively brain, turned me loose in the country and let me run wild, learning of Nature what no books can teach…” Louisa May Alcott, from “Sketch of Childhood, by herself.” Happy #EarthDay, everyone!

Orchard House has its holiday finery on thanks to volunteer gardeners extraordinaire Lorraine and Susan, but we're close...
04/21/2019

Orchard House has its holiday finery on thanks to volunteer gardeners extraordinaire Lorraine and Susan, but we're closed today to allow our Staff to enjoy festivities with family and friends. We hope you all have a wonderful Passover and Easter!

Due to the Patriots' Day Parade in Concord Center this morning, Orchard House will open at 12:00 today (Monday, April 15...
04/15/2019

Due to the Patriots' Day Parade in Concord Center this morning, Orchard House will open at 12:00 today (Monday, April 15th). Enjoy the [damp] commemorations.

Delighted that this article gives May Alcott her due as French's first art teacher!  Visitors to Orchard House also lear...
04/07/2019

Delighted that this article gives May Alcott her due as French's first art teacher! Visitors to Orchard House also learn that French wrote the prelude to Caroline Ticknor's memoir of May, and they can see not only some of the sculpting tools May lent to the fledgling sculptor, but also the bust of Mr. Alcott that French created as a token of gratitude to the Alcotts for their encouragement of his extraordinary talent.

French said of May's contribution to his art education: "While I know of some misguided people who will not consider that she is to be commended for this service to me, *I* am constantly grateful." (1926)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/globelocal/2019/04/05/the-man-who-sculpted-history/K727X9IZUlu5XHyldXXnUL/story.html?event=event25

Happy April 1st from Orchard House!
04/01/2019

Happy April 1st from Orchard House!

“...for love is a great beautifier.” Smiling at this sweet offering found on our grounds, and remembering Louisa’s...
03/26/2019

“...for love is a great beautifier.” Smiling at this sweet offering found on our grounds, and remembering Louisa’s words from Little Women, “Gossip.” Bright, beautiful springtime wishes to you!

#tuesday #twinkle #hearts #song #love #louisamayalcottsorchardhouse

We loved seeing Girl Scouts for our “Playing the Past” program last week!  They brought us these exquisite calling c...
03/18/2019

We loved seeing Girl Scouts for our “Playing the Past” program last week! They brought us these exquisite calling cards...

We offer many program options - visit louisamayalcott.org for details:)

✨🌈☘️Love and luck to you ~ Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!!
03/17/2019

✨🌈☘️Love and luck to you ~ Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!!

Welcome buds by our front door...#snowdrops #sunshine #springsings
03/11/2019

Welcome buds by our front door...
#snowdrops #sunshine #springsings

We mark International Women's Day by sharing strong wise words from a fictional wife and mother not half as good as the ...
03/08/2019

We mark International Women's Day by sharing strong wise words from a fictional wife and mother not half as good as the beloved original upon which she was modeled ...

"Don't shut yourself up in a bandbox because you are a woman, but understand what is going on, and educate yourself to take your part in the world's work, for it all affects you and yours."

~Marmee, Chapter 38 of Little Women

With full hearts, we mark this day, on which Louisa May Alcott passed away in 1888.  She continues to touch, delight, an...
03/06/2019

With full hearts, we mark this day, on which Louisa May Alcott passed away in 1888. She continues to touch, delight, and inspire us. We remember her today and always, as we turn to her own words, that “...genuine love is immortal.” All our love, Louisa.

Due to the impact of Winter Storm Taylor, we will be closed on Monday, March 4th.  Enjoy the snow day!      (Image - "Ma...
03/04/2019

Due to the impact of Winter Storm Taylor, we will be closed on Monday, March 4th. Enjoy the snow day!


(Image - "Making a Snowman," 1874 engraving by W. B. Murray)

03/02/2019
This morning’s view was glowing sunlight and snow:-)
02/28/2019

This morning’s view was glowing sunlight and snow:-)

To Our Visitors on Thursday, February 21st:Due to potentially hazardous morning travel conditions as a result of Winter ...
02/21/2019

To Our Visitors on Thursday, February 21st:

Due to potentially hazardous morning travel conditions as a result of Winter Storm Petra, Orchard House will delay opening until 12:00 pm.

Please note that our special "Welcome to Our Home" Living History Tour will proceed as scheduled at 1:00 pm.

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“If in my present life I love one person truly, no matter who it is, I believe that we meet somewhere again, though wh...
02/14/2019

“If in my present life I love one person truly, no matter who it is, I believe that we meet somewhere again, though where or how I don’t know or care, for genuine love is immortal.” Louisa May Alcott, from a letter to Maggie Lukens, February 14, 1884
Happy Valentine’s Day! Sending you endless love!
#valentinesday #hearts #sing #love #louisamayalcottsorchardhouse

What's love got to do with it?  Find out on Saturday, February 9th, during "A Valentine Visit with the Alcotts"!  Geared...
02/01/2019

What's love got to do with it? Find out on Saturday, February 9th, during "A Valentine Visit with the Alcotts"! Geared for ages 6 to 106, this Living History program reveals how important love in all its many-splendored forms was to the Alcotts, what they did in the name of love, and how their unconditional love and support can still inspire us. Discover more about "Love's Own Day" with those you love at Orchard House! Pre-registration available at: https://louisamayalcottsorchardhouse.ticketspice.com/2019-valentine-visit-with-the-alcotts

(Public domain image of a Valentine puzzle purse, c. 1826, from the collection at The Met)

#homesweethome
01/22/2019

#homesweethome

Due to the impact of Winter Storm Harper, Orchard House will be closed on Sunday, January 20th.  We will open for extend...
01/20/2019

Due to the impact of Winter Storm Harper, Orchard House will be closed on Sunday, January 20th. We will open for extended hours -- 10 am - 4:30 pm -- on Martin Luther King Jr Day (Monday, January 21st). Stay as safe, warm, and dry as you can!

01/16/2019

Happy #MuseumSelfieDay! Don’t worry, though, you can #museumselfie celebrate with us almost any day of the year!
❤️ #LouisaMayAlcottsOrchardHouse

From Louisa May Alcott’s Journal:“January, 1869. — Left our lofty room at Bellevue and went to Chauncey street.  S...
01/10/2019

From Louisa May Alcott’s Journal:
“January, 1869. — Left our lofty room at Bellevue and went to Chauncey street. Sent the sequel of ‘L. W.’ to Robert’s on New Year’s Day. Hope it will do as well as the first, which is selling finely, and receives good notices.” What a start to the new year! Sending you all our best wishes as 2019 begins! #Love #LouisaMayAlcottsOrchardHouse
Little Women illustration is by Jessie Willcox Smith.

We are privileged and delighted to announce a new partnership beginning this weekend, January 5th & 6th, between Bank of...
01/05/2019
Bank of America arts and culture — funding & support for the arts

We are privileged and delighted to announce a new partnership beginning this weekend, January 5th & 6th, between Bank of America and Orchard House! The Bank of America Museums on Us® program supports increased access to history, art, and culture through museum-going. Every first full weekend of each month in 2019, Bank of America, US Trust, and Merrill Lynch bank/credit cardholders or employees will be given free admission to regular guided tours at Orchard House. Nowhere near us? Museums on Us® involves over 150 other sites in nearly 100 cities and towns across the country. For more information, please visit http://go.bofa.com/OnUs. Then, get out your card and go! #FREE #BofA #MuseumsOnUs

(Offer is non-transferable and limited to individual cardholder/employee with photo ID; accompanying guests must pay admission. Excludes special programs/events; cannot be combined with other discounts /promotions)

Learn more about Bank of America's commitment to supporting over 2,000 arts and cultural institutions.

“There was a good deal of laughing and kissing and explaining, in the simple, loving fashion which makes these home fe...
12/26/2018

“There was a good deal of laughing and kissing and explaining, in the simple, loving fashion which makes these home festivals so pleasant..." from Little Women, “A Merry Christmas.” Christmas Eve brought a gentle snowfall here at home. Season’s greetings and loving holiday wishes to you and yours!

So saddened that many of our National Park Service colleagues will be unable to welcome visitors during the upcoming hol...
12/23/2018

So saddened that many of our National Park Service colleagues will be unable to welcome visitors during the upcoming holiday week, and hope the situation is rectified very soon. Orchard House -- a 106-year-old private non-profit historic site -- is not impacted by the government shutdown, however, and offers special end-of-year hours in hopes of sharing our home with many of you (http://www.louisamayalcott.org/visitinfo.html).

What a joy to see John and Kaitlyn!  We also met, for the first time, their sweet 7-month-old Charlie.  A heartwarming t...
12/20/2018

What a joy to see John and Kaitlyn! We also met, for the first time, their sweet 7-month-old Charlie. A heartwarming tale... Kaitlyn’s mother initiated Concord visits during Kaitlyn’s childhood. John, knowing how important Orchard House is to Kaitlyn, asked for her hand in marriage here on September 21, 2017. Kaitlyn said yes! They recently returned with their new little one! How wonderful to catch up with and see them. All good tidings to you and yours.

#homefortheholidays #wonder #love #louisamayalcottsorchardhouse

Twas the week before Christmas, and all 'round the House,a light dusting of snow made things quite merry for wo/man and ...
12/18/2018

Twas the week before Christmas, and all 'round the House,
a light dusting of snow made things quite merry for wo/man and mouse ...

As you prepare for the upcoming holidays, we wish you snowy dreams come true and hearthside happiness always. And please keep Orchard House in mind for your visiting relatives and friends, or just stop in to say hello. We love to see you and yours any time!

(In addition to this morning's snow scene and our fireside "Scrabble," we've included a picture of Katharine Hepburn -- "Jo March" in the 1939 Little Women movie -- having a bit of snowy fun herself at Orchard House 80 years ago! She also had her own take on a phrase many of us know quite well: "As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.”)

We are delighted to share that Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty has chosen us as the recipient charity of procee...
12/13/2018

We are delighted to share that Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty has chosen us as the recipient charity of proceeds from their annual raffle! You may purchase a raffle ticket or click on the Donate button, and your name will be entered in a drawing to win one of 3 American Girl Dolls; Samantha, Felicity or Addy! Visit any of Barrett’s offices to participate. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

We are kicking off the holiday season of giving with our annual raffle with all proceeds going to a local charity. This year in celebration of 150 years of "Little Women", the donations will be given to the Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House! Anyone making a donation by purchasing raffle tickets or clicking on the Donate button, will have their name entered in a drawing to win one of 3 American Girl Dolls; Samantha, Felicity or Addy! Stop by any of our offices to participate. We'll be having a special visit by Louisa May Alcott Sunday night after the Tree Lighting in our Concord office!

Join us for “A Little Women Christmas!” This upcoming Saturday 12/15 and Sunday 12/16, experience the heartwarming m...
12/12/2018

Join us for “A Little Women Christmas!” This upcoming Saturday 12/15 and Sunday 12/16, experience the heartwarming magic of Orchard House! Reservations for a time slot on one of these days are strongly suggested; you may visit louisamayalcott.org for bookings and details, check out our Facebook “event”, and/or phone us at 978.369.4118 x106! While this weekend is our final one for this year’s holiday program, we do - as usual - offer general tours throughout the week and on other weekends! Happy Holidays to you and yours.

In the late afternoon light...Orchard House!
12/07/2018

In the late afternoon light...Orchard House!

It's never too late to give from the heart ...  Tax-deductible contributions to Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House -- mad...
11/28/2018

It's never too late to give from the heart ... Tax-deductible contributions to Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House -- made on #GivingTuesday or *any* day, and in any amount -- are gratefully accepted and immediately put to good use, funding our efforts to remain open and provide public education offerings that inspire visitors of all ages from around the corner and across the globe. Your donations therefore sustain us as we endeavor to sustain you and future generations. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity! (To make a gift, please visit http://www.louisamayalcott.org/donation.htm)

"They were poor in money, but rich in land and love, for the wide acres of wood, corn, and pasture land fed, warmed, and...
11/22/2018

"They were poor in money, but rich in land and love, for the wide acres of wood, corn, and pasture land fed, warmed, and clothed the flock, while mutual patience, affection, and courage made the old farm-house a very happy home." Thank you for making Orchard House a loving, happy home around the year. We are grateful for you! As we share this passage from Louisa’s “An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving,” we send our warmest wishes and love to you all. Happy Thanksgiving!

Despite the dreary rain, we've been doing our best to get a little merry and bright on!  For more than two decades, our ...
11/20/2018

Despite the dreary rain, we've been doing our best to get a little merry and bright on! For more than two decades, our sister institution, The Concord Museum, offers "Family Trees" as a holiday celebration of children's literature. Whimsical, magical, message-driven, and/or downright fun trees and wreaths are always featured, and this year, to honor Little Women's Sesquicentennial, Orchard House was asked to participate. Our tree, which we like to imagine as “Dreaming of Little Women,” is filled with dozens of uniquely designed ornaments, nearly all of which were handcrafted by our own Staff & Volunteers!

Clothespin Dolls representing Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March also slumber on a nearby child's chair with a copy of Little Women to nurture dreams of castles in the air, perhaps. The striking Tree Skirt is actually comprised of 240 miniature quilt squares which were made by several Japanese quilt apprentices in honor of Orchard House’s featured presence at the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival in January 2018. Wooden Miniature Replicas of Little Women, in English and several languages, come complete with gilded “pages,” while Wooden Hearts etched with 44 names, places, and words from Little Women are reminiscent of Amy's (and May Alcott’s) attempts at pyrography. A Garland of Stars with the very first words of Little Women invites you to envision what makes your Christmases memorable, and Candles in traditional brass holders adorn many boughs. Finally, a Book Angel Tree Topper made from a paperback edition of Little Women pays tribute to Elizabeth Alcott -- the “Angel of the House.” Thanks to everyone who made our dreams come true for the tree!

We hope our tree pleases you, provides warm memories of reading Little Women, and encourages you to share one of the most treasured books of all time with those you love during the holidays. Concord Museum's "Family Trees" opens to the public tomorrow, November 21st, and runs through January 1st (http://www.concordmuseum.org/special-events-family-trees.php).

Reservations are also still available for our "Little Women Christmas" weekend program at https://louisamayalcottsorchardhouse.ticketspice.com/holiday-2018-a-little-women-christmas-at-orchard-house.

Address

399 Lexington Rd
Concord, MA
01742

Accessible via the MBTA Purple Line (see http://www.mbta.com for schedule) and then an approximate 20-minute walk from the Concord Depot on Thoreau Street.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30
Thursday 10:00 - 16:30
Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday 11:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(978) 369-4118

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