Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
4.5
Historic SitesHistory Museums
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
12:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
11:00 - 17:00
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Immortalized by Louisa May Alcott in the beloved classic, Little Women, Orchard House (c. 1650) is best known for being where the groundbreaking novel was written and set in 1868. One of the oldest, most authentically-preserved historic sites in the country, Orchard House has, for over a century, provided inspirational accounts of the Alcott family’s contributions to the fields of literature, education, philosophy, the arts, and social justice through award-winning guided tours, unique educational programs for students of all ages, and lively living history events . The Concord School of Philosophy and a Museum Store are also on the premises.
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  • Lou P
    Kansas City, Kansas313 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Orchard House Visit
    We enjoyed the guided tour through Orchard House, after seeing several movies and reading the book, of Little Women. The home is beautifully preserved and it is easy to remember the story, as the guide relates stories and history of the family. The setting is lovely. It was nice to be in a small group for this tour.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Beth Y
    Clinton Township, Michigan31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Tour for fans of Little Women!
    This tour absolutely captivated everyone ! Our tour guide gave details to each room and the Alcott family - I thought I knew a lot about the Alcott family but learned so much. They did an amazing job restoring the home with many original pieces. They don't rush you on this tour so you have a chance to really enjoy every moment. Make sure you reserve tickets ahead of time - the tours fill up fast. The gardens outside are also good to visit - and the gift shop carries a lot of books by Louisa.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Christian P
    237 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit in Concord
    This is a must visit. Very well done and preserved museum with original items from LMA time in the house. Reportedly, descendants of the family donated many of the relics back to the museum when they were in the process of restoration. One of the best museums I’ve been too with the historical accuracy. There is a film that starts the visit (shown in the Philosophical training building built by LMA father and friends) and then the tour guide adds to the info you learned about as you visit each room. Only bummer is no interior photographs permitted. Well done
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 June 2023
  • JayZee
    54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must-See in Concord
    I made my second visit to Orchard House and added to my knowledge of the exceptional Alcott family, who made it their home. The house, grounds, and legacy of all members of the Alcott family are lovingly preserved by the staff and caretakers. On this tour, many paintings of May Alcott were featured around the house— a particular treat and something new to enhance my experience as a repeat visitor. The people who guide you through this home are sincerely invested and respectful of the Alcott legacy. Whatever your knowledge of the family or the famous book they inspired, the staff is happy to share the Alcotts with you.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Jonathan M
    Tuxedo Park, New York645 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Put Yourself in the Story
    Even if you didn't personally grow up imagining yourself a member of the March family, chances are you know at least a few people who did. The appeal of Little Women is how relatable it is, and a visit to the house and home that Louisa May Alcott lived in and from which she drew her inspiration makes you feel like you are coming home. The home is much more than a literary site, as every member of the Alcott family lives on in the anecdotes shared by the very capable guides. Tours are at set times and while group sizes are limited due to the confines of the house, great measures are taken to accommodate all in a timely manner. If you can't park out front, there is a large lot just across the street. We highly recommend and will definitely visit again when we are in the area.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • dgtraveller
    Worcester, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceeded our already high expectations
    Thought it would be good from reading other's reviews but this was a fascinating and informative visit that exceeded our already high expectations. So well set out and presented, the short film was excellent for setting the scene and our guide around the house ( sorry, didn't catch her name) was so interesting & well informed that we left on a total high. Lots of original period pieces in every room. Well done to you all.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • reise3
    1,265 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for Little Women fans
    We enjoyed our visit. The docents were very knowledgeable & we were guided through each room of the house in a timely, but not rushed manner. There’s no photography inside. It was especially touching to see the small desk on which Little Women was written and May’s artwork displayed throughout the house. There’s timed-entry admission and tickets range from $8 to $15. Check the website for eligible discounts.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Heather O
    Melbourne, Australia14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There are so many treasures within this house.
    This was a dream come true. To be in the house where my all time favourite book was set brought tears to my eyes. The guide pointed out all the things you wouldn't otherwise know were in the house and told the real life story of Louisa May Alcott abd her family members.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
  • roaming_kiwi58
    Christchurch, New Zealand2,817 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting for fans of the book Little Women.
    Of course this house is a must see for Little Women fans. It was a residence of the Alcott family and much of the furniture dates from their occupation. The guides are knowledgeable and will tell you a lot about the Alcott family. There is also a gift shop.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
  • Gudgers
    124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable!
    We enjoyed our tour of Orchard House. We did not have advance tickets for the Sunday afternoon we were there but were able to get on the next available tour. The tour starts with a film then moves on to the house. Our tour guide was very knowledgable. Cute gift shop. We were there for about an hour.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 November 2023
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Nancy R
Cornwall, NY22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was an unexpected stop that was my favorite of this trip! The tour was really interesting and the house was a treasure. The shop was terrific with books and goodies for anyone who is a fan of Lousia May
Written 11 March 2024
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Gudgers
124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We enjoyed our tour of Orchard House. We did not have advance tickets for the Sunday afternoon we were there but were able to get on the next available tour. The tour starts with a film then moves on to the house. Our tour guide was very knowledgable. Cute gift shop. We were there for about an hour.
Written 26 November 2023
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,817 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Of course this house is a must see for Little Women fans. It was a residence of the Alcott family and much of the furniture dates from their occupation. The guides are knowledgeable and will tell you a lot about the Alcott family. There is also a gift shop.
Written 8 November 2023
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WorldTravelingJW
Salem, WV418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Beautifully kept grounds and buildings. Very informative. Definitely worth stopping by. So much to do in the area - make a day of it.
Written 12 October 2023
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maureen c
New Brunswick, NJ13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Something’s wrong with the organization and running of Orchard House. Our tour guide was welcoming and informative but she wanted to move us quickly from room to room. It was difficult to get a good look at items. The ‘no photos’ policy is silly as no flash is needed so what’s the harm? I really wanted to get a photo of the everyday dishes on the table and the embroidered bag on Louisa’s bed and was hoping I would see them on an online catalog of items – no luck, there is no curated catalog of household items. Most shocking is portions of the house’s condition. The ceiling of the nursery has big sections of falling paint. When I mentioned that portions of the house seemed a bit shabby the tour guide replied, “You have no idea!” Parking in front of the house feels risky (the house is on a curved road), good luck backing out! The back outbuilding (The School of Philosophy), where an introductory filmed is viewed, appears underutilized. Additionally, Wayside House is just steps away (same side of the road and a large wooded area between the houses), why is there no connection to that historic home? I just read that the Alcott’s even lived in Wayside House right before Hawthorne! I’m giving Orchard House two stars because even though the house reflects how it looked while the Alcott’s lived there, in addition to the amazing claim that 80% of the items in the house belonged to the family, there could be much more done to make the Alcott’s, the transcendentalists, and the surrounding area come to life.
Written 9 October 2023
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Sherpa2286
Alpharetta, GA575 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a great experience. Be sure to begin with the film they show which will enhance your experience of the house. One of the best things is that you will be able to walk around the rooms of the home instead of viewing everything behind a partition. Our tour guide was excellent. She was very knowledgeable and did not rush us at all.
Written 3 October 2023
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Heather O
Melbourne, Australia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was a dream come true. To be in the house where my all time favourite book was set brought tears to my eyes. The guide pointed out all the things you wouldn't otherwise know were in the house and told the real life story of Louisa May Alcott abd her family members.
Written 26 September 2023
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C K
Madison, WI1,007 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
i love historic houses and touring them, but this was the most frustrating tour I've ever taken. The tour, which took less than 30 minutes, provided by an older woman, who had no warmth, spoke fast, and requested no questions until the end. We had little time to absorb the rooms, what was communicated and furnishings and felt rushed. To try to remember all questions until the end was unbelievable. It seemed as though they want to move people through. The policy of not allowing photographs was also unacceptable. The reason provided was for security and they don't want pictures posted on social media. The only legitimate reason would be to not allow flash.

The house itself is amazing with 80% of the furniture and belongings original. I would have given a 5 star review if it wasn't how the tour was handled. What a shame.
Written 14 September 2023
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reise3
1,265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We enjoyed our visit. The docents were very knowledgeable & we were guided through each room of the house in a timely, but not rushed manner. There’s no photography inside. It was especially touching to see the small desk on which Little Women was written and May’s artwork displayed throughout the house. There’s timed-entry admission and tickets range from $8 to $15. Check the website for eligible discounts.
Written 2 September 2023
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dgtraveller
Worcester, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Thought it would be good from reading other's reviews but this was a fascinating and informative visit that exceeded our already high expectations. So well set out and presented, the short film was excellent for setting the scene and our guide around the house ( sorry, didn't catch her name) was so interesting & well informed that we left on a total high. Lots of original period pieces in every room. Well done to you all.
Written 30 August 2023
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