Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House is famous for where she wrote her beloved classic Little Women. Her father, Amos Bronson Alcott,  bought the Orchard House in 1857. He bought 12 acres of land and this manor house for $945. The grounds also contained an orchard of 40 apple trees, something Amos loved because he believed apples to be the perfect food. Thus, he named his home “Orchard House”.

Today, guided tours introduce visitors to these family members. Fortunately, there hasn’t been any major structural changes to the property. Ongoing preservation efforts have adhered to the highest standards of authenticity. 80% of the furnishings on display were owned by the Alcott’s.

The Orchard House hosts many educational events and tours for schools and individuals. Take a look at their website and find out everything they have to offer.

Contact Information

399 Lexington Rd. Concord, MA 01742

Phone: 978-369-4118

Reviews

Sarah Lacasse   September 3, 2022
The video at the start of the tour felt long, but it did give you an idea of what to look for. Our guide was warm and knowledgeable. We loved to see all of the artwork and personal items. It is really geared towards fans of Little Women, but the whole family is so interesting, it's worthwhile even if you are not a fan.
Em Avendano   July 24, 2022
As a die hard Little Women fan, it was so special to visit Alcott’s home with no one other than my first intro to her books, my mom. This place is just lovely. Every single staff was incredibly kind and helpful. Our tour guide, I believe their name was Hannah, was so so patient, beautifully passionate about the subject, and didn’t hesitate to answer questions. I love how the tour incorporates everything from Alcott’s history to the 2019 film adaptation. The exterior is also very picturesque and the gift shop is honestly worth the stop. A gift shop employee even helped my family and I with directions and locating the free Concord shuttle! This place met my expectations and transcended them. It’s also just a short, maybe fifteen minute walk to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where Alcott is buried. Oh and PS: if you’re taking public transit from Boston, just catch the train into Concord, saves a lot of confusion :)
Will K   July 24, 2022
Great place to check out. I never read the book but after going on this tour, I want to read the book. There is so much history in this house. The tour started off with a short video which I thought the tour guides could share the same information. The tour felt a bit fast paced, I could not really take it all in. The people leaving a 1 star review because of the mask requirement need to grow up.
G O.   July 19, 2022
Visiting Louisa May Alcott's home is a must if you're a history buff and visiting Massachusetts. The drive from Boston is a nice one and there are other...
Andrew Sternke   July 15, 2022
This was an enjoyable experience. Our tour guide provided great history and context of life for Louisa May Alcott! Her connection, and her family connection to historical events was unknown to me and I was impressed by so much of this tour!
Orit B.   July 10, 2022
Loved the tour! We went because my daughter is a big fan of Alcott but I was surprised to enjoy the tour as much as I did! Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and the items in the house were very interesting. Loved it!
Tanya Hoarn   July 3, 2022
We visited this amazing place as part of our research of my husband's ancestors. In the mid 1660s John Hoar owned this property and built the house that was eventually renovated by the Alcott family. He was a bit of a hero for his time. It was very interesting coming to the property with a different set of history and learning all about what the Alcott family did with the buildings after 1850. The tour was very informative. Having the house filled with their actual belongings made it all that much more interesting.
Marshall Horwitz   July 3, 2022
Great museum. The introductory video really sets the stage. We had a great guide. All in all, it takes 45 minutes. We were walk-ins, but we were accommodated. I would recommend reservations. It was busier than I expected.
Erin Kahn   June 23, 2022
I’ve been to Orchard House three times now (I’m a fan, OK?) and every time I’m amazed. The rooms are all set up as they would have been during the family’s lifetime with much of the original artwork, furnishings, and items (Louisa’s/Jo’s Roderigo costume, Beth’s piano and doll, May’s/Amy’s paintings, Anna’s/Meg’s wedding dress, to name a few). The tour guides are very knowledgeable and it’s always a unique, moving experience. If you’re a fan of Little Women or the Alcotts, you can’t afford not to go.
Nicole M.   June 18, 2022
I just returned from a lovely tour at the Orchard House. I highly recommend seeking a tour from a young woman named Jennie. She was very knowledgeable and...
Tassey Russo   June 17, 2022
This house/museum is small but unexpectedly a wonderful experience. The tour begins with a fairly long video [maybe 15 minutes] in which an actress portrays Louisa May Alcott and tells us about her relationship with her sisters and some neat information about the house. The tour guide was excellent. She answered any and all questions, and clearly loves the house and the Alcott. She knew so many facts and anecdotes, and stayed speaking with a few of us after the tour was over. The best part of this visit was that almost all items in the house are original to the Alcotts, i.e. things actually used by them. Total tour time, if one doesn't stay to ask questions, is about an hour. No gardens to walk through. No photography inside the house. Small number of spaces directly in front of house. Nathaniel Hawthorne is right house next door.
Gentley Bondeson   June 15, 2022
I adored our tour guide, Thatcher! He was so passionate and knowledgeable about the house and the Alcott's. My only wish is that instead of watching a movie about the Alcott's and the house for 20 mins we instead were told history and fun fact from the guides as we walked around the house. Wish it was more interactive
Aly K.   May 15, 2022
I absolutely loved this tour. As an author, it was a dream to walk around Louisa May Alcott's home. I loved the book Little Women, and Ms. Alcott's family...
Michael F.   March 29, 2022
My wife made this a must see tour while we were in the Concord and Lexington area. We visited on a Sunday morning. I had no idea this woman was an author...
Srabonti Bandyopadhyay   January 25, 2022
Certainly worth a visit if you love literature. It was inspiring to learn of their history and see the very rooms and things the family used, their principles and thought processes. The marvelously tiny desk on which she wrote her masterpieces. The only negative thing was the actual Tour Guide herself. She seemed a bit short tempered and did not like us to look at rooms at our own pace or even walk across to another part of the room. Like someone mentioned she treated is like 5 year Olds. Also when we asked for an extra activity set since we had 2 children we were told only one activity set could be given...
Kelsey M.   December 21, 2021
I've been planning a trip here with my cousin for like two years and couldn't go for a long time because of COVID. I'm so glad we were finally able to go...
Jody Bucci   November 9, 2021
Delightful visit to the original house where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women. They show a short film clip and then take you on a tour of the house which contains most of the original interior, including the actual desk Louisa May Alcott used to write her famous novel. She and her family were way ahead of their time. They were friends of some of the literary giants of our time - Thoreau, Emerson and Hawthorne. It was fascinating to imagine the lively activity that once filled the house. The entire tour including the film is approximately 45 minutes. Worth a visit.
Bonnie Mallory   November 7, 2021
Definitely worth seeing, a wonderful tour with some of the original furnishings. Do you know she earned more than Mark Twain and his writings? Purchased some tea from Orchard House. Haven't tried it yet, but supporting the home as it's a part of history we do not want to lose. She was a wonderful person.
Camilla S   October 30, 2021
I love Alcott. The tour was a bit too fast, but I think it was a busy day for them. How wonderful to be able to see May (Amy)'s drawings and the other amazing artifacts of Louisa's life!
Erin L.   October 28, 2021
Absolutely beautiful and completely doesn't get enough credit for the amount of work it takes to preserve that house. It's definitely worth the $10 ticket...
Cheryl Comparativo   October 23, 2021
We really enjoyed our time visiting Louisa May Alcott's home, especially seeing the place where she wrote Little Women! The only downside is that a video is shown in the Hillside Chapel before the house tour, and that video pretty much takes you through the house. So then the tour information felt a little bit redundant... It would be cool for there to be a greater distinction of content between the video and the tour itself because I imagine there are many interesting stories that are left untold.
Linda Landry   October 20, 2021
I simply LOVED this tour!!! I got teary eyed several times. You won't regret walking through the rooms where the Alcott girls played, wrote and sketched! I'm so glad I was able to see this amazing home and all the history that goes with it.
Jackie Barr   October 16, 2021
Beautifully well-kept historical site. Kind docents. Adorable gift shop. So much history. Absolutely worth a visit!
Junwoo Lim   October 12, 2021
A small but interesting place to spend 2-3 hrs to learn about Alcott family and the book 'Little Women'. Well preserved house inside & enjoyable walking tour. The introduction film at the beginning of tour was informative but somewhat odd. The outside garden/yard seems to need a bit of more touch-ups (i.e. benches, signs/explanations, etc.)
Katie N.   October 11, 2021
This was the place I was most looking forward to seeing and it didn't disappoint, well at least to a lover of history and especially Little Women. The...
Mark Thompson   October 9, 2021
Well maintained slice of literary history. The staff is very knowledgeable. If you're a fan of Louisa May Alcott, this place is for you.
Joe Jaworski   October 1, 2021
We were running 45 minutes late after having a cruise that took longer than anticipated. Dianne was our tour guide and allowed us to join her next tour. We had a wonderful experience! What an interesting and positive family the Alcott family is!
Shannon Johnson   September 25, 2021
This tour was so informative, but presented in an interesting way. We had our kids with us, and they were even enjoying the tour! The staff were so friendly and professional and knowledgeable. Will be back again!!
Heather Steinmiller   September 15, 2021
I've loved "Little Women" since I read it as a twelve year old and I was thrilled to think I'd be able to see this place. Unfortunately, it was closed due to Covid, so I only walked around the grounds and peeked into the windows. It's a very pretty house, and seeing where Alcott did her writing filled a part of my pre-teen, romantically inclined soul. I desperately want to go back to actually see the inside at some point before I leave this plane.
Linda Erwin   August 30, 2021
Enjoyed a delightful and very informative tour with my Grandkids...(13 yr old Luke & 16 yr old Katie)...we had been looking at very old photos of their Dad, their Uncle & cousins visit there MANY yrs ago, and decided to "go visit"). We all enjoyed it very much. (Just saw it mentioned on Boston's Chronicle program too!)
Adrienne Hillard   August 26, 2021
Went on a tour. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable, the house was amazing if you're a fan of little women you won't be disappointed. I did the the video at the beginning was a little redundant, but overall it was great.
Kevin Bradley   August 23, 2021
An extraordinary and transporting experience. Being able to walk through that much history, you really felt it; we went for a high school assignment my daughter had, but I found myself reflecting on all the foundational thinkers that gathered in that house and molded her into the woman she was... Really cool!
Jonathan Howley   July 31, 2021
Emerson's house is just down the road. The area looks so peaceful and full of life. Worth the pilgrimage.
daniel o   July 26, 2021
I wasn't able to tour the inside of the house but the grounds were lovely. Everything was beautifully kept. Definitely worth the trip!
Julie Murphy   June 16, 2021
Absolutely beautiful setting! Will look forward to touring the house when its open again.
Abi Maghamfar   May 26, 2021
Unfortunately due to Covid-19 the Orchard House was not open to tour in late May 2021 but we got a glimpse of what's inside through windows. Hope to be able to return for a tour at some point in the future!
RobertaHun   January 27, 2021
Great! I went to two conferences there some years ago. The staff was helpful and enthusiastic. And I liked the atmosphere, as well.
haley flk   January 11, 2021
Unfortunately it was not open the day we passed by, but even just a walk around the outaide was lovely. A beautiful piece of literary history!
New Englander   January 3, 2021
Louisa lived here
Lasa Cana   December 14, 2020
Wishing they were open, but still enjoyed stopping by.
Lily_gachalife Sophia   December 1, 2020
My husband and I visited orchard house in October 2013. He visited it as a favor to me because I love Little women. We both enjoyed our self thoroughly. In fact, it was one of my husband’s favorite stops on our trip to Massachusetts. We loved seeing the house, Amy’s artwork, and Beth’s piano. My husband really enjoyed seeing Amy’s artwork and the drawings that are still on the wall that she made. If I ever make it back to Massachusetts, we will visit the orchard house again.
XxkristiXx   December 1, 2020
My husband and I visited orchard house in October 2013. He visited it as a favor to me because I love Little women. We both enjoyed our self thoroughly. In fact, it was one of my husband’s favorite stops on our trip to Massachusetts. We loved seeing the house, Amy’s artwork, and Beth’s piano. My husband really enjoyed seeing Amy’s artwork and the drawings that are still on the wall that she made. If I ever make it back to Massachusetts, we will visit the orchard house again.
Jenna McCloud   October 23, 2020
We went in Oct when you couldn't go in so it was a brief stop, but loved the feel of the house. The garden was interesting and just loved walking around the house.
Arianna Benassi   October 19, 2020
When I moved in this area I was lucky enough to visit the place before the pandemic. The museum is amazing. People giving tour are very knowledgeable and nice. Tiny interesting gift shop too. The house is really well preserved, inside as well as outside. It's one of my favorite place in Boston area. It's magical and it brings me peace. The whole area is very fascinating and elegant. Beautiful with the snow, during spring time as well as summer and Fall.
Deb Miles   September 29, 2020
One of my favorite places to visit. I love the "Little Women" garden and the schoolhouse.
Matthias von Davier   September 14, 2020
Worth visiting
Alexander Parson   September 6, 2020
Nice historical house
Rebecca H.   May 7, 2020
This gem of a house is incredible. The fact that 80% of the house (including items inside) are authentic, makes it so much more special. I was in awe from...
Eric Vasallo   April 10, 2020
Just saw the movie and fell in love with Louisa May Alcott and her family. The school house behind the main house was where the father had his school. They introduced the first black student to a white classroom in America here. The father was also involved with creating a utopia experiment called Fruitlands Utopia. It failed soon after because they would only be allowed to eat what grew from the trees.
Caroline Karimi   March 24, 2020
The staff was considerate, happy and knowledgeable. Though I had a positive experience with the entire staff, Deborah and Beth enhanced my experience tremendously with either their welcoming, answers to questions and interest. They has smiles and spoke well. The Orchard House is worth visiting because Louisa was not an ordinary person and lead her life in a way that was far different from the status quo of her era. The tours teaches you about her uniqueness and life as well as her family. Bank of America card holders have free admission on the weekends at the beginning of each month except December as of 2020. However, try to support them with a donation or a small purchase at the bookstore to maintain their business if you can afford it in order to maintain this historical site.
Sara M   March 8, 2020
Highly recommend! Wonderful guided tour through this lovely house. You can practically feel the energy and love of this tight knit family that once inhabited it. The guide herself was amazing! Can't leave Concord without visiting this gem.
Isaac Yang   March 7, 2020
Logistically, definitely plan ahead as it took us roughly 20 minutes between arriving and waiting for our tour to begin, with the tour itself lasting 45 minutes or so. Parking nearby was hard to find on a weekend so we opted to park further away and walk 10~15 minutes instead of idling around waiting for spots to open up. In total, we spent around 1.5~2 hours here (including parking, walking, and waiting for the tour). Fantastic, informative tour where all the guides are friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The efforts by the group to keep the house as period-accurate as possible is greatly appreciated and well worth the entry fee. Charming (and crowded) house with many groups going through at the same time, but that is to be expected given the popularity of the movie.
Sakuraya Kai   March 2, 2020
Such a beautiful place and wonderful history. We did the tour, and it was very informative. Thank you for preserving such a wonderful place! Will come back again!
Sandesh Joshi   February 18, 2020
A beautiful house that carries so much history. Everything is preserved so well that you feel like the Alcotts are still living there. The guided tour is great and everyone working there are very courteous and knowledgeable. If you are in the area and are interested in Louisa May Alcott or just American history, definitely give this a visit. Keep around 60 to 90 minutes to soak it all in.
Christiano Demacedo   February 16, 2020
Loved the tour, wish I could have taken pictures inside the house. Many old house museums allow non flash photography. Nonetheless, totally worthwhile and educational.
Tiffany Blackwell   December 22, 2019
An absolutely wonderful place to stop in right outside of Boston. We loved it. They offer a tour which includes a brief video of the families history and the house is Fantastic! Felt like I stepped right into the book!
Kayle D.   November 11, 2019
This place is truly magical! My sister and I came here per her suggestion when I came to visit her. I'm so glad we went! Everything about this museum is...
David W.   August 31, 2019
This was a great, memorable tour that shouldn't be missed if you are in to learning about history and the lives of literary heavyweights. My wife is very...