The home of Little Women: Orchard House

I’m adding a new category: homes in literature and film. Consider how many completely imaginary houses from books and movies have become famous like Tara from Gone With the Wind, and Manderley from Rebecca

Probably my favorite all-time room description is from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women published in 1868. Louisa May Alcott

….in the twilight while the December snow fell quietly without and the fire crackled cheerfully within. It was a comfortable old room, though the carpet was faded and the furniture very plain; for a good picture or two hung on the walls, books filled the recesses, chrysanthemums and Christmas roses bloomed in the windows, and a pleasant atmosphere of home-peace pervaded it.”

The house where the Alcott family lived and Louisa wrote Little Women, Orchard House in Concord  Massachusetts.

Orchard House

Orchard House 4

Orchard House 3

May Alcott

Orchard House by Louisa’s sister May (Amy in the book.)

Little Women illustration by May Alcott

illustration for Little Women by May Alcott

Today Orchard House is a museum honoring Louisa and her family; to see more including the house interiors  click here.

Little Women has been made into at least 7 films. To see how Orchard House was visualized on the screen in the 1994 film, visit working class home on facebook.

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.                                            Louisa May Alcott


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