A historic house museum, where Louisa May Alcott and her family lived for 19 years. In this house, she wrote the classic novel ‘Little Women’ at a shelf-desk her father built for her.
In addition to being a poet and a novelist, Alcott was an abolitionist suffragist, promoting social change and encouraging women to register to vote.
The museum was founded to cherish Alcott’s legacy in art, literature, philosophy, education, and social justice, and it is open to the public since 1912.
At the well-preserved 19th century house, visitors can see the rooms where the family lived and enjoy a display of the original furnishings owned by the Alcotts’, including portraits of the family members, the family china, laundry drying rack, soapstone sink and quilts made by Alcott’s mother.
In the museum there are workshops, educational programs, tours and special events, such as ‘A Little Women Christmas at Orchard House’, ‘A Valentine Visit with the Alcotts’ and ‘Little Women in the 21st Century, Celebrating 150 Years of Inspiration’.
Since 1977, the Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House has hosted ‘The Summer Conversational Series’, a tradition established by Mr. Alcott’s Concord School of Philosophy, an adult education center operated in the Hillside Chapel from 1879 to 1888. Today the chapel is used for poetry readings, youth programs, and historical reenactments.