It’s been on my bucket list for YEARS to visit Louisa May Alcott’s home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts (just twenty minutes from where I live). And yes, there is an apple orchard there. Once, it was quite extensive, but now it’s a small grove of (newish) apple trees.
In front of the entrance was this lovely garden dedicated to the girls in Little Women.
Photos and video were not allowed in the house, but I did record the video presentation which doesn’t quite depict just how small the house really is. The bedrooms, especially, are quite small, and the ceilings in the house are also low. That’s probably what my husband and I noticed the most when comparing walking through the house to the video.
Because the home was turned into a museum quite quickly after the Alcott descendants decided to donate it, most of the furniture and furnishings including the books in the father’s office, are ORIGINAL! I especially loved the artwork of the youngest daughter, Amy in Little Women/May in real life, throughout the house, and in her bedroom.
If you get a chance to visit Orchard House, I highly recommend it! Here are some of the Little Women books that I saw in the gift shop.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women (BabyLit) retold by Mandy Archer, illustrated by Ela Smietanka
The Little Women Collection: Little Women; Good Wives; Little Men; Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott
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1 thought on “Visiting the Little Women Home of Louisa May Alcott”
I’ve been twice, and agree it is definitely worth a visit!
Isn’t it funny how we often miss visiting places that are in our own backyards? It’s so much easier to make time for sight seeing while traveling. I’m glad you made it to this house!