Louisa May Alcott?s Orchard House

Orchard House was the home of Louisa May Alcott, who penned "Little Women" there in 1868.   Not only was it the Alcott family home, but it was also the setting for Little Women.   Built in 1690, the house has remarkable architectural authenticity, and with most of the original family artifacts it feels as if the Alcotts just left. Guided tours offer fascinating insights into the real-life family members. See where Alcott theatricals were performed; marvel at artwork literally covering walls and doors; discover how the Alcotts participated in numerous reforms; and appreciate their contributions to literature, education, art, philosophy, and social justice.

Hours: April 1–October 31:Monday–Saturday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm; Sunday, 1:00 pm–4:30 pm.
November 1–March 31: Monday–Friday, 11:00 am–3:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm; Sunday, 1:00 pm–4:30 pm.  Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Easter Day and January 1–15; Closes at 2:00 pm Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. All holidays are subject to change without notice.

Directions: I-95 to exit 30B (2A W). Follow 2A past the entrance to Hanscom AFB toward Concord Center. At the fork in the road where 2A continues left, proceed right, following the sign To Concord Center. From this turnoff, Orchard House is approximately 1.5 miles on your right, just before Concord Center. Park in The Wayside lot on Hawthorne Lane, across from The Wayside home.

Take the T: Orchard House is accessible from Boston and points west via the MBTA Commuter Rail Fitchburg line, and is a 20–25 minute walk from Concord’s Commuter Rail Station on Thoreau Street. Phone for detailed walking directions.

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  • Louisa May Alcott?s Orchard House
  • 399 Lexington Rd.
  • Concord, MA
  • 978-369-4118
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