Louisa May Alcott’s ocean retreat: Nonquitt today

After selling Orchard House in 1884, Louisa May Alcott invested some of the returns into a summer cottage in Nonquitt, a beachfront community in Dartmouth, MA. Nonquitt/Dartmouth are located at the southwest corner of Buzzards Bay along Massachusetts’ south-facing shoreline. In fact, it runs at about a 90 degree angle to the South Shore.

Here she could take Lulu for a summer respite. She enjoyed several summers there with Anna and her sons who took part in the theatricals. You can read more about those days here.

Sadly in 2013, the cottage was destroyed by fire:

A new house has been built:


As you will see from the pictures provided by Judy Marvelli, there is still much of Nonquitt that remains the same. Judy writes,

“It was beautiful there and because it is a gated community it is preserved so much would have looked like when she was there. The gatekeeper stopped us and when I told him I was looking for the site of Louisa’s house he said Oh does she live here? I said yes 140 years ago but he let us in and we found it with not too much trouble. I could envision Louisa sitting on a porch watching Lulu and resting poor thing she deserved rest time so much, but she had to raise a toddler, her work never ended.”

Here is the community of Nonquitt:


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