Country Living (USA)

Or­chard House

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Louisa May Al­cott’s real child­hood home in Con­cord, Mas­sachusetts, in­spired the Marches’ fam­ily home in the novel. Louisa’s fa­ther, Amos Bron­son Al­cott, pur­chased the land in 1857, en­ticed by the nearby ap­ple or­chard and idyl­lic space for his grow­ing fam­ily. Louisa grew up with her mother, Abi­gail May, and three sis­ters, Anna, El­iz­a­beth, and Abi­gail, all of whom in­spired the char­ac­ters in Lit­tle Women. You can take a tour of the orig­i­nal struc­ture, which dates to the 1600s, and find in­spi­ra­tion in its 19th­cen­tury decor, which has been largely pre­served.

For more in­for­ma­tion about tours and hol­i­day events, visit louisamay­al­cott.org.

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