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Orchard house: home of little women

27 mins (2018)

Step inside the 350-year-old home/museum in Concord, Massachusetts where Little Women was written and set in 1868 . With a nurturing, talented family as owners and literary giants Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne as neighbours, Orchard House uniquely inspired Louisa May Alcott to create a book that has never been out of print and has been translated into over 50 languages. Indeed, members of the March family, featured in Little Women, are based on her own parents and 3 sisters. This classic book made Louisa May Alcott so famous internationally, that she was called the J.K. Rowling of her day.  This informative documentary also reveals the powerful historical, literary, and very human elements of this home and the people who lived there. Hosted by Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist, this film combines archival photographs, excerpts from the family's personal papers, and interviews with photographer Annie Leibovitz, biographer John Matteson, screenwriter Olivia Milch, and actors Maya Hawke, Dylan Baker, and Willa Fitzgerald to offer scholars and fans alike glimpses, into the saga of historic preservation and cultural work at this treasured living history site.