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" The Home of Little Women"
. . . and so much more!

Our Second Century of Education, Inspiration, and Preservation

Don't miss our Little Women Sesquicentennial Celebration on September 30th!

From 1:00 to 4:30 pm this Sunday, please enjoy string quartet, vintage dance, and contemporary ballet performances, crafts, refreshments, writing "Letters to Louisa/Jo," cider press demonstrations, Little Women Reads, the debuts of our inaugural Alcott Writing Contest as well as Pink Umbrella Book's new anthology inspired by Little Women, and as always, our award-winning guided tours.   (All outdoor activities are free; guided tours have a fee)


Come for an hour or the entire afternoon -- we would love to see you!


About Us

Painting of Orchard House, circa 1850, by the youngest Alcott daughter, May

What

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 and Orchard House, circa 1865

Who

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 in Winter

When

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!

New & Upcoming at Orchard House

Our New Documentary

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. 

Celebrate Little Women @ 150

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!

Youth Short Story Contest

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.

Festival of Authors Event

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.

Monthly Living History Tour

"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.

December Holiday Program

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.

Support a beloved national treasure!

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.


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Make a Visit

Open year-round for award-winning guided tours, innovative educational programs, and unique special events!

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

399 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742, United States

978.369.4118

April - October Hours of Operation


November - March Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri        11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sat       10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Sun       1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you!

For postal mail correspondence, please use the following address:

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

PO Box 343, Concord, Massachusetts 01742-0343, United States

General phone 978.369.4118 | General Fax 978.369.1367 | Museum Store Fax 978.369.9611