Help Support a National Treasure!

Donation Goal: $16,000


Orchard House is most noted for being where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set the beloved novel, Little Women, in 1868.  The Alcotts were a famous yet flawed family who firmly believed in the power of unconditional love, personal agency, and social justice.  A visit to Orchard House allows for discovery of the many ways in which they impacted literature, education, philosophy, art, reforms of all kinds -- and each other.  This noble home also has a rich history stretching back two centuries beforehand, as well as more than 100 years of life as a treasured historic site open to the public.

Louisa May Alcott and her family also believed in the importance of a health-conscious lifestyle long before it was popular to do so:  they were vegetarians, protested against animal cruelty, and believed that the well-being of both mind and body were vital to human development.  Miss Alcott herself loved to run from a very early age, once writing in her journal, “I always thought I must have been a deer or a horse in a former state because it is such a joy to run!”  As an adult, she was even known to walk from Concord, MA to Boston -- a distance of 22 miles -- in one day and be ready to dance at a party that night!  Her father, educator and philosopher A. Bronson Alcott, was also one of the first teachers in America to include co-educational physical fitness in his school curriculum.

Since 2005, the place the Alcotts called home for over 20 years – “Orchard House” (c. 1650) -- has honored the family’s dedication to healthy living by sponsoring a 5K/10K Run and 5K Walk.  Each year, we have been faithfully supported by Honorary Chair Uta Pippig, three-time winner of both the Boston and Berlin Marathons, winner of the New York City Marathon, two-time Olympian, and one of the most sought-after fitness motivators in the world.  All manner of runners, walkers, and their supporters -- from elite marathoners and casual joggers to wheelchair riders and “strollercisers” -- come together as a community to celebrate the sheer joy of movement!

All proceeds from this fundraiser support educational programming and historic preservation at Orchard House.  Donations help maximize our ability to provide free or discounted admission to underserved schoolchildren; create innovative education programs for students, teachers, homeschoolers, and elder learners; preserve the irreplaceable artifacts and archives for scholars and visitors alike to enjoy; and, continue to serve as a touchstone for anyone seeking understanding, acceptance, and inspiration.  We would love to have you run, walk, or cheer for those who do, and support Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House every step of the way!  Thank you in advance.  

To make a donation by check, please enclose your check (made payable to "Orchard House") with your contact information and any other details you would like us to know (in honor/memory tribute, your affinity with Orchard House/Little Women, etc.) and mail to:

Orchard House     Attn:  Benefit Walk/Run     PO Box 343     Concord, MA  01742

If you would like to be contacted by phone to make your donation, please leave a message at 978.369.4118 x103.

To speak with Executive Director Jan Turnquist about a gift of appreciated securities or a bequest, please contact her at 978.369.4118 x102.

Thank you!

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