Little Women at 150: Visiting Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

August 1, 2018
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In this May 17, 2018 photo, the title of the book "Little Women," by Louisa May Alcott, is embossed on the cover of an 1869 edition of the book at Orchard House, in Concord, Mass. Since "Little Women" was published 150 years ago, the coming of age book has been translated into over 50 languages. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The beloved novel “Little Women” turns 150 this year, and it’s a great time to plan a trip to Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts, to honor this enduring literary classic. Orchard House is where author Louisa May Alcott lived and where tours offer insight into her life, times and the book.

In this episode of the Associated Press Travel podcast “Get Outta Here,” AP Travel editor Beth Harpaz speaks with Sarah Betancourt, an AP reporter in Boston who recently toured Orchard House and wrote about its history for the AP.

We’ll talk about why “Little Women” still holds so much meaning for readers in the 21st century, and we’ll let you know about events planned to celebrate the book’s sesquicentennial. And while you’re in the area, you might drop by nearby Walden Pond to see the cabin in the woods where one of Alcott’s famous neighbors, Henry Thoreau, lived.


New episodes of “Get Outta Here!” are published every Wednesday. Host Beth J. Harpaz is travel editor for The Associated Press, a volunteer Big Apple Greeter and a licensed tour guide in her native New York City. She recently completed a quest to visit all 50 states.

Before becoming travel editor, where most of the news -- thank goodness -- is about happy people going on nice vacations, Beth covered politics, disasters and all manner of mayhem for the AP. And not to reveal her age, but she also worked for several newspapers way back in the 20th century and even wrote three books.

She does not own wheeled luggage but instead carries her belongings around the world in an ancient backpack and various tote bags.


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