Orchard House: Home of Little Women

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 (14)2018TV-PG
Go inside the 350-year-old home in Concord, Massachusetts where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set Little Women in 1868.
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English [CC]
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English

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  1. 1. Orchard House: Home of Little Women
    April 30, 2018
    27min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Go inside the 350-year-old home in Concord, Massachusetts where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set Little Women in 1868.

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Directors
Lisa WolfingerJosh ShelovJan Turnquist
Producers
Jan TurnquistJustin KingRob Mast
Season year
2018
Network
PBS
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3.7 out of 5 stars

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Alicia M. PrioreReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsNOT a "tour" of the house
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A glorified commercial for why the house is important but very little on the house itself as a documentary. Very little scholarly commentary.
6 people found this helpful
Teresa L. TownsellReviewed in the United States on July 3, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsAccurate and interesting!
Having been to Orchard House a couple times, it is every bit as interesting, if not more so, than the excellent production. While Orchard House is depicted as the setting for the Alcott family in the movies, the place where Louisa wrote, and the Alcott homeplace for 30 years, the girls' childhood home, where all their adventures would have taken place, is next door to Orchard House, in a house called "The Wayside". After the Alcotts, Nathaniel Hawthorne and, later, Harriet Lothrop (Five Little Peppers and How They Grew) lived there. This was an interesting tidbit left out of the production. Another thing that wasn't exactly clear from watching the video is Orchard House is actually made of two houses that are joined. The back half is the section from the 1600s, as I recall. The comment in the movie about it being a fascinating home of nooks and crannies is absolutely correct! Even without having visited Orchard House in person, you would enjoy seeing this. Then, I hope it inspires you to visit the actual home.
7 people found this helpful
TrancelucenceReviewed in the United States on September 19, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsMoving, surprising, inspiring
Though Little Women was a favorite book as a child, I don't know how it is that I know little of Louisa Alcott's life. This documentary contained surprise after surprise. I had no idea she had done so much. I found it quite moving, and inspiring. What a family! The story of a family that loved and supported each other in everything. Fascinating too, it was shown how Louisa translated some of her real life experiences into Little Women. I found much that was inspiring, not the least of which was the care taken to preserve Orchard House, a magical place. There's a LOT packed into this brief documentary; it was obviously a labor of love. Wonderful.
3 people found this helpful
alice lewisReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars"Orchard House"
Oh wow! Watching this documentary made me feel like a kid again. I was lost in time. Truly felt as though I was walking through the life of "Louisa" and her beautiful and historical "Orchard House". This film was beautifully narrated with such abundance of information about the history of the Alcott Family and the story of one of America's oldest homes.
6 people found this helpful
Gelato GirlReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsA lovingly made documentary
Although a brief 25 minutes, this is a beautiful documentary on a fascinating house that has almost become a character in itself. The loving efforts to restore it and maintain it as a part of American literary history are inspiring. Wish it was longer, but loved every minute of it!
5 people found this helpful
Angela HessonReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsThank you, PBS!
As a disabled person, I will never have the chance to go to Orchard House. This documentary took me inside, and I am very grateful.
One person found this helpful
JeneanReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsHot Mess
This is an uncritical celebration of a complicated time, family, and location. Disgusted, I stopped watching when the narrator referred to Metacom/King Phillip's "brutal war" in response to the open land theft, and rampant violence perpetrated on the human and natural worlds by settler-colonists. This kind of (very badly done history) erases indigenous peoples and celebrates the domination of white colonizers.
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DanielReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsIncluded with Little Women DVD
If you buy the PBS Masterpiece Theater : Little Women DVD for $20 on Amazon, the 25 minute documentary Orchard House is included among the features.
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