Orchard House (c. 1650) is most noted for being where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set Little Women in 1868. This noble home also has a rich history stretching back two centuries beforehand, as well as more than 100 years of life as a treasured historic site open to the public.
The Alcotts were a famous yet flawed family who firmly believed in the power of unconditional love, personal agency, and social justice. Discover the many ways in which they impacted literature, education, philosophy, art, reforms of all kinds -- and each other.
Orchard House is open year-round for guided tours, educational programs, living history, and special events. No matter the season, or whether you are a Little Women fan, educator, family, student, or scholar, there's always something to enjoy!
Orchard House has a rich history that has finally been captured in a film that aired nationwide on public television in May 2018 and is now available on DVD.
Join us in the afternoon of Sunday, September 30th, when Little Women's Sesquicentennial will be celebrated on the actual day of the novel's publication a century and a half ago!
Sunday, September 30th also signals the start of submissions for our first-ever writing contest! All youths in grades 9 - 12 or ages 13 - 19 are invited to enter.
At 7:30 pm at the Concord Free Public Library on Friday, October 26th, Pulitzer Prize winner Prof. John Matteson will discuss the enduring nature of Little Women and offer insights into and an advance preview of his forthcoming book focused on the Battle of Fredericksburg.
"Welcome to Our Home" offers an interactive tour with an expert living history guide, allowing for intimate access to fascinating anecdotes about the Alcotts' lives and times. 19th Century games, songs, and a treasure hunt round out this memorable experience suitable for all ages.
For over a century, "Christmas won't be Christmas without ..." a visit to Orchard House! Enjoy our festively decorated home while interacting with living history portrayers who share cherished moments from Little Women in celebration of its auspicious 150th anniversary.
Your contribution enables us to keep the legacy of Orchard House, the Alcotts, and Little Women alive for generations to come. Please consider giving generously to support our mission of public education and historic preservation.
Open year-round for award-winning guided tours, innovative educational programs, and unique special events!
399 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742, United States
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years' Eve;
open extended hours the day after Thanksgiving, the week between Christmas and New Year's, and February School Vacation week
April - October Hours of Operation
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sun 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Closed New Year's Day, Easter Sunday;
open at 12 noon on Patriots' Day (3rd Monday in April)