Let’s celebrate! Scenes from Orchard House’s Centennial

You knew I couldn’t stay away and I didn’t! It was a picture-perfect day and I have lots of photos to share.

The house tour was done differently with a guide in every room which allotted lots of time for questions. 🙂 I was even able to identify the species of owl that May painted on Louisa’s fireplace. Watch the slide show for the reveal.

Pssst, a secret!  There is yet another new book out on Louisa, I found out from one of the tour guides. Not telling yet but I do have a copy to read … more to come, including an interview with the author.

Enjoy your virtual celebration of Orchard House’s 100th birthday!

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4 Replies to “Let’s celebrate! Scenes from Orchard House’s Centennial”

  1. Thank you for your lovely pictures of a beautiful day. When I toured the house I asked the guide when May painted the owl (before or after she went off to France?) and the guide wasn’t sure. She did say that she painted the owl when Louisa was in Boston so that when she came back it was a surprise for her.

    1. Hah, I wasn’t the only one then! I bet that question about the owl species was asked many times, I mean come on, this is the town of Thoreau! I have a bird app on my phone and I compared the photograph to her painting and the details were so exact. May must have had access to drawings, perhaps by Audubon, of this owl so that she could get the markings just right. May knew her nature too.

      Do you know, btw, if the Thoreau house on Main St. where the Alcotts lived for a time is still there or has it been torn down?

      1. No, I don’t know and I would like to identify the house. It is interesting that Louisa bought the house for Anna, but then — I believe — also lived there herself. By the time Bronson had his philosophy school constructed, none of the Alcotts were actually still living at Orchard House, or so I understand. There must have a reason. Convenience? Better plumbing in the other house?

    2. Or just that they all wanted to be together? The Thoreau house may have had a more compatible floor plan for the ailing members (for example, bedrooms on the first floor).

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