Monday, September 8, 2014

Literary Site: Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House - Concord, MA

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
Concord, MA

GPS: N42° 27.539;  W071° 20.097

Short Description: 

The Orchard House was the home of the Alcott Family. Both the father, Amos Bronson Alcott, and his daughter Lousia May Alcott, wrote several books while living here. It is located at 399 Lexington Road, Concord, MA.

Long Description:

Educator and philosopher Amos Bronson Alcott, his wife Abigail, and three surviving daughters, Anna, Louisa May, and Abigail May, moved to this country house in Concord, MA in 1858. Because it was surrounded apple trees, he name it the Orchard House.

This was the family home of the Alcott family for 19 years between 1858 to 1877. It was here that the middle daughter, Louisa May, wrote her classic Little Women (1868), as well as several other books. Bronson Alcott was also a writer. He wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson (1865 - published 1882), Tablets (1868), Concord Days (1872), and Table Talk (1877) while residing at the Orchard House.


Visiting hours for Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House:

November 1 - March 31
Monday - Friday, 11:00 - 3:00; Last tour at 3:00
Saturday, 10:00 - 4:30
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30
Last tour at 4:30

April 1 - October 31
Monday - Saturday, 10:00 - 4:30
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30
Last tour at 4:30

Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and January 1 & 2;
Opens at 12 noon on Patriots' Day (3rd Monday in April)

Wikipedia list the following books by Louisa May and Amos Bronson Alcott:


Writings by Louisa May Alcott:

The Little Women trilogy:

Little Women or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy (1868)
Good Wives (1869)
Little Men: Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys (1871)

Other Novels:

The Inheritance (1849, unpublished until 1997)
Moods (1865, revised 1882)
The Mysterious Key and What It Opened (1867)
An Old Fashioned Girl (1870)
Will's Wonder Book (1870)
Work: A Story of Experience (1873)
Beginning Again, Being a Continuation of Work (1875)
Eight Cousins or The Aunt-Hill (1875)
Rose in Bloom: A Sequel to Eight Cousins (1876)
Under the Lilacs (1878)
Jack and Jill: A Village Story (1880)
Jo's Boys and How They Turned Out: A Sequel to "Little Men" (1886)


Works by Amos Bronson Alcott:

Observations on the Principles and Methods of Infant Instruction (1830)
Conversations with Children on the Gospels (Volume I, 1836)
Conversations with Children on the Gospels (Volume II, 1837)
Concord Days (1872)
Table-talk (1877)
New Connecticut. an Autobiographical Poem (1887; first edition privately printed in 1882)
Sonnets and Canzonets (1882)
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Philosopher and Seer: An Estimate of His Character and Genius in Prose and Verse (1882)
The journals of Bronson Alcott

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