Taylor and Jessica Baugh
We Visited Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
Updated: Dec 28, 2020
This last week, we went up to visit some friends in Maine. Once we saw that we were passing Louisa May Alcott’s house, we had to stop!
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Lousia May Alcott is the author of one of our favorite classics, Little Women. Little Women is the story of four sisters and their journey through life. We see the highs and lows of middle class life through the eyes of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. They all have different dreams and passions that will take them down separate paths, but they always come back to each other.
What is the Orchard House?
The Orchard house is the very house that Louisa May Alcott grew up in and where she wrote her novel, Little Women. The house was also used to film parts of the 2019 adaptation of the book, although, in order to respect the historical importance of the building, they also built a replica that was used for the majority of the time.
By far, the best part about visiting Louisa May Alcott’s house was that we had it to ourselves! That's right, not a person in sight. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, we figured that there wouldn’t be that many people, but we were shocked to discover that no one was there. We were able to walk around freely, look at the garden, and go up to the farm house. Since no one was there, we were able to park right in the front in the few spots that they had.
The Worst Part
COVID-19 resulted in a lack of people visiting the house, it also meant that we were not able to go inside. Even though going inside the house is the main reason to visit in the first place, we still had a great time just walking around. Because we couldn’t go inside, it gives us a reason to go back!
Would We Go Back?
Yes! We would love to go back, it is one of our favorite classic books and to see the place that inspired it was super exciting. Once they open the house back up, we would love to take a tour and go inside to see everything. Going in the winter when it is snowing would be absolutely beautiful, it would feel as if we were inside the story ourselves!