Louisa May Alcott House

This home, in which Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women, is located in Concord, Massachusetts. It's actually called Orchard House now, because it was located in an orchard. The Alcotts lived here from 1858-1877. I visited last week with a friend.

The Alcotts were always very poor until Louisa started making money from her writing. But they were an interesting family. They were good friends with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Thoreau. (Emerson partly supported them.) They were educators and abolitionists, and Louisa served for a short time as a nurse during the Civil War.

This picture is Bronson Alcott's desk (Louisa's father). After I took the picture, I was accosted by the guide who angrily told me no pictures were allowed. I asked why, and mentioned that I hadn't used a flash, which she knew was true since she was standing there when I took the photo.

"We just don't allow photos, that's all," she said. "You know we don't because you heard me say so." So, sorry, I don't have more pictures.

I think they're missing a publicity opportunity. I'd planned to post the pics on Pinterest and urge people to visit. However, having visited myself, I have to say it was a disappointment. You must go on the tour with the guide and you are herded from room to room. Since the tour group is large, filling each room, you can't see much, except other 21st century people :). The tour ends up being more of a lecture than a museum visit. It's short.

I really like this photo, however, and it's precious to me now that I know it's forbidden. lol

After our tour was over we discovered that we'd been shuttled into a tour that had started earlier and we missed the pre-tour video. I guess that's when she talked about the no photography rule.

Here's the actual house. And P.S., unlike in Little Men, Louisa never married.


Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

What a rebel you are, Vonda. :) So glad you got the one photo because it is quite lovely. I have the full set of her books that my great grandmother had. Unfortunately thru the years "this book belongs to" was put their names in the book. I do love them as they appear to have been much loved over the years.

Thanks for sharing. :)

Carly Carson said...

Thanks for stopping by, Paisley. I feel I should point out that Vonda is not the rebel in this case. Even I am not really a rebel as I took this pic before I knew it was not allowed. I was terrified after she yelled at me. :) But I'm rebellious enough to post it! I think they missed the notice about publicity being good for a commercial enterprise. It's wonderful that you have your grandmother's books.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Great post, Carly! Too bad the guide was so rude. That will drive away visitors. I sometimes like to take pics where I'm not supposed to also. Shhh don't tell anyone. :)