Have you read Little Women? Seen the movie? Written by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women was her most successful book. Based on her own family, Alcott used Orchard House as the setting for the popular novel. You can learn about the real life characters of Marmie, Amy, Meg, Beth and Jo by touring their family house.
The Alcott family lived at Orchard House in Concord for 3 years. Louisa's father, Bronson Alcott, was a transcendentalist who established a school at the house which was very progressive, even (gasp!) teaching girls. Thoreau, Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne were friends of the family and frequent visitors to the house. Unfortunately, the school was too progressive for it's time so the family floundered financially. Louisa started writing to help the family out and was wildly successful for a woman novelist at the time.
You can visit and tour Orchard House. Our tour started with a short film about the author and her family. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and told us all about the family's life at Orchard House. Even some of the original drawings from one of the daughter's are still on the wall. If you want to visit, you can find out more information here
Minutemen National Historical Park marks the spot where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired. A stop at the Visitors Center will give you a lay of the land and let you watch a multi-media presentation following the events as they happened, including the midnight ride of Paul Revere.
You can visit multiple battlefields, the historical Hartwell Tavern and follow the Battle Road Trail from Concord to Lexington. Our visit was on a rainy New England day - so we headed for the Visitors Center and watched the video presentation and wandered around the gift shop a bit. We didn't attempt to do any of the outdoor areas so I guess we'll just have to leave that for another day.
The actual town of Concord is small town New England at it's best. It reminded me so much of the fictional town of Stars Hollow from the Gilmour Girls tv show (a favorite in my house - we spent many hot summer days watching the series, almost to the point of obsession. Just one more episode!)
The rain couldn't damper the cuteness. Though lacking the gazebo of Stars Hollow, Concord does have The Colonial Inn. Overlooking the town square, you can choose to stay here or dine at Liberty, the area's only gastropub.
We ate at the Main Street Market and Cafe. No words for how cute this coffee shop was. Pastries as large as your hand .(I was looking for the No Cellphones sign like at Luke's Diner in Stars Hollow but there wasn't one) I could visit Concord again and again.
(You can also visit Walden Pond, the famous pond where Henry David Thoreau went to live simply and immerse himself in nature. Once again, the weather was a bit of hindrance for us.)
How about you? Have you ever been to Concord? What did you think?
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