Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
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- The Alcotts & Orchard House
Immortalized in Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic, Little Women, Orchard House (circa 1690) is most noted for being where the groundbreaking novel was written and set in 1868. A visit to the house provides heartwarming accounts of the talented Alcott family, who were also tireless advocates for social justice, creativity, and individuality. Their progressive legacy is preserved and nurtured through award-winning guided tours, unique educational programs, and lively living history events offered year-round.
Orchard House also had a distinguished history long before the Alcotts and played an integral role in the development of the only truly American philosophy, Transcendentalism. Bronson Alcott’s Concord School of Philosophy (circa 1879), one of the most successful 19th Century adult education centers, remains on the grounds as a testament to intellectual idealism.
As one of the oldest and most authentic historic sites in the country, Orchard House serves over 100,000 visitors each year from all 50 states and more than 30 countries who are drawn to the inspiring story contained within -- we hope to welcome you “home,” too!