A few years ago, my husband and I were able to take a road trip out East. It was so much fun to spend time in Philadelphia and see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall as well as the first post office. Hail to Ben Franklin!
After Philadelphia, we continued to Boston. Of course we walked the Freedom Trail and saw so many things, that it’s hard to remember them all. However, I’d always wanted to see Orchard House.
What is Orchard House and where is it located, you ask? It’s the former home of one our most beloved authors: Louisa May Alcott. The house is located in Concord, MA, near Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s house.
On display were the dolls they played with as young girls, props used during their theatrical performances, original furniture, and a wonderful video about the family. During the guided tour, I learned about transcendentalism, which is to stand up for equality and social justice. Ms. Alcott’s parents believed in social reform and supported the Underground Movement.
Ms. Alcott’s books taught us the value of family and working toward the common good for all. In Little Women, Marmie (mother) brings food to a neighboring family without expecting anything in return. The patriarch, Mr. March, served as a chaplain in the Civil War.
During the long nights of winter, why not purchase a copy of Little Women or rent the movie. Either version is wonderful. The first movie was made in 1933, the other two versions were made in 1949 and 1994. The 1933 stars Joan Bennett and Katharine Hepburn. The 1949 version stars Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh, June Allyson, and Margaret O’Brien. The 1994 is so delightful staring: Winona Ryder, Christian Bale, Kirstin Dunst. It’s a wonderful story and fun to watch. The latest version is so real and now that I’ve toured the home, I feel like I know the sisters, the Little Women.
Many thanks to Orchard House. Here is the link to their website. I encourage you to have a look and visit, you won’t be sorry. http://www.louisamayalcott.org
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