I am fortunate to live in Massachusetts, only about an hour away from Concord, MA where the Alcott homestead, Orchard House, exists. As you can imagine, I make frequent pilgrimages there. Many other noted authors including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne lived in this small New England town, famous also for its proximity to Lexington and its involvement in the American Revolution. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is the final resting place for these noted authors.
Here is a slide show of pictures I took from a visit this summer to Concord. I’ve put notes for each photo below the slide show.
Here’s a link to a panoramic view of each room of Orchard House (you need Quicktime on your computer to view it – just drag your cursor over the picture to move it around and see the whole room).
Indulging in one of my favorite passions – Visiting Concord, MA and Orchard House, home of Louisa May Alcott.
Here’s Orchard House, built in the 1600s – revolutionary war soldiers marched past this house. I wish I could have taken pictures of the inside – the rooms are so big and airy and 80% of the furniture and artifacts belonged to the Alcotts. Seeing their library of books around the house and especially in Bronson Alcott’s study was especially meaningful, along with the pencil and ink drawings that younger sister and accomplished artist May Alcott left all over the house.
Here’s Louisa’s room where she wrote “Little Women.” A couple of cool artifacts that they had in the room was her original handbag with her initials crocheted on it, and her sewing basket.
Next door is Wayside where Nathaniel Hawthorne lived. He bought the house from the Alcotts, who had lived there for 3 years, during Louisa’s teenage years.
Hawthorne added a LOT of extras to this house (Bronson Alcott’s drawing showed a much plainer house). The barn is where the Alcott daughters put on their legendary plays.
This was near Wayside – a very steep path leading to the stop of a summit – Hawthorne used to go up there to formulate his stories. Louisa Alcott often wrote of doing the same.
Larch Path – the text on this sign demonstrates the close connection between the Hawthornes and the Alcotts.
Of course, what visit to Concord would be complete without going to Author’s Ridge at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery? Here is the Thoreau family stone . . .
Here is Henry David Thoreau’s little stone. I thought it was most appropriate seeing the random acorn on top!
Here’s Nathaniel Hawthorne’s stone.
The Alcott Family stone
Louisa May Alcott’s final resting place. Note the veteran’s flag – she was a Civil War nurse. Her book of her experiences, Hospital Sketches, is a must for anyone really interested in the Civil War and looking for a compelling first hand account in a Washington hospital. Great stuff!
Louisa deserved an extra stone, of course . . .
Here’s the whole family record (although May is buried in Paris). This was quite the family, uniquely talented.
The resting place of Ralph Waldo Emerson, faithful best friend of Amos Bronson Alcott.