Celebrate Little Women at The Wayside: Home of Authors December 21, 2019

Fee: Free.

Dates & Times


Saturday, December 21, 2019


10:00 AM


6 hours

Type of Event

Guided Tour


CONCORD, MA – Minute Man National Historical Park is celebrating the opening of the new movie, Little Women, an upcoming American coming-of-age period drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig.  Join staff for a tour of the Wayside, once a home for the Alcott Family.  The park and the community of Concord will celebrate the release of the movie in mid-December.

  Louisa May Alcott moved to “Hillside” (today’s Wayside, Home of Authors) in 1845 when she was twelve years old. She lived with her parents, Bronson and Abba, and her three sisters, Anna (Meg) 14, Elizabeth (Beth) 9, and May (Amy), 4. The four sisters returned to their childhood home at Hillside in Louisa’s 1868 classic, Little Women, where many of the events described in the book actually happened. At Hillside, in her first bedroom of her own, Louisa started her writing career. She and Anna wrote and performed the plays that are reenacted in the book. At Hillside, the Alcotts established values Louisa would practice throughout her life and use in her writing. Her family’s anti-slavery views let Louisa see first-hand the workings of the Underground Railroad when a runaway slave was sheltered at Hillside. Although the House is much enlarged today, you can still imagine the places where Louisa and her sisters lived many of the adventures she wrote about and stories of their childhood. 

 On Saturday, December 21, The Wayside will be open for an “open house” from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..  A special “Alcott Family themed tour at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Admission and the tour are free.

 A complete list of offerings on “Little Women Week” can be found at: https://concordma.gov/2527/Little-Women-Week

For general park information, please call 978-396-6993 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/MIMA.

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Phil Lupsiewicz
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