The Louisa May Alcott Orchard House, in Concord, Ma, was purchased in 1857 by her father Mr. Alcott, the building itself historically built between 1700-1710. This originally 12-acre plot of land served as the historic home of the Alcott family, as well as the home of Little Women, the famous Louisa May Alcott novel written in 1868. The grounds of the home once contained an orchard of 40 apple trees which Mr. Alcott considered the most perfect food. Louisa wrote and set Little Women among this fruit and woodland-filled backdrop, and from there the rest is history! The exterior of the home is much as it was in Alcott’s day, with much care given to provide structural upkeep. The interior is furnished as it was originally, with 75% of the furnishings coming from the Alcott family's personal possessions.
Guided tours are available which will allow your group to stroll about the orchard grounds and see all there is to see inside the home. Walk through the dining room complete with family china, Mrs. Alcott’s soap sink and bread board, as well as the family room with portraits, personal paintings, watercolors, and handmade quilts. You will also have the chance to see the study and laundry, each with personal effects as well. The Hillside Chapel hosts additional youth programs, poetry readings, historical reenactments, and holiday special events. Before you go check out the Museum Store that holds a wide variety of collectibles, gifts, books, and educational materials.