|The kids in front of the Alcotts' Orchard House in Concord, MA|
First we explored Orchard House, where Miss Alcott lived with her father, mother and sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. It was there that she wrote Little Women - the book that made her famous. The house reminded me of the one in the movie. We were able to take a tour and see the many artifacts and furnishings that belonged to the Alcotts.
The tour guide told us many memorable tales about life in the Alcott family. My favorite story involved a now famous Louisa dressing as a maid to tell the reporters that Louisa was not at home. Apparently, she disliked her celebrity.
I also enjoyed hearing about how a neighbor child repeatedly got into trouble because he was whittling turnips and other root vegetables instead of concentrating on his work at school. Louisa's sister May (Amy in Little Women) was an accomplished artist, able to study in Europe because of Louisa's financial success. The neighbors hired May to teach their "wayward" son art, and particularly sculpting. That boy went on to carve many famous sculptures - the most famous being Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. His name was Daniel Chester French.
Jor Man not into the Orchard House. Oh well. Not everything is a big hit. We did watch the movie "Little Women" before going and read part of "Fruitlands". But he was not into it. Grace and I loved it. :)
|Grace (on the path) and the girls (on the bench) in front of the Alcotts' Fruitlands home|
|Campster attempts to throw the Native American weapon while Big Dad and the museum docent look on.|
|Jor Man's turn to throw the spear.|
|Sher Bear enjoying the rock sculpture|
Grace and I enjoyed the Hudson School paintings, and the Fruitlands house. I counted seven fireplaces in the house, and a couple were huge. I do not have indoor pictures as they were not allowed.
The museum complex is situated on a hill with magnificent views. Afterwards, we had lunch in the Alcott restaurant. Thankfully, it serves meat and root veggies! Very delicious, and a great kids menu.
Wish you were here!