Orchard House: Home of Little Women

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Orchard House: Home of Little Women is a captivating new documentary that transports viewers to a 350-year-old home in Concord, Massachusetts with literary and historical significance unlike any other. The half hour documentary premieres on Monday, June 18 at 9 p.m.

 

Orchard House

 

It is here that the classic novel, Little Women, was written and set in 1868. With a nurturing, talented family as owners and literary giants Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne as neighbors, Orchard House uniquely inspired Louisa May Alcott to write Little Women at a desk in her room that her father made especially for her.

The documentary uncovers a fascinating piece of living history — a pilgrimage site for scholars and fans alike. This enduring and lively house speaks to the power of place in a way few American homes ever have. It also reveals the powerful historical, literary, and very human elements of the home and the people who lived there.

Orchard House: Home of Little Women chronicles its history through archival photographs, letters and journal entries from one of the most well-documented families in American literary history, along with interviews of scholars and fans — including world class artists, Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, and first-time visitors — in this entertaining and informative family-friendly film.

Formally opened to the public on May 27, 1912, it is an internationally recognized cultural treasure. Here, the Alcotts' legacy in literature, art, education, philosophy, and social justice is brought to life through tours, education programs, and living history events. Annually, more than 50,000 visitors from every corner of the globe experience Orchard House and discover the true meaning of "Home."