Remembering the Alcotts

By Linda McGovern

The New England landscape and communities that Louisa May Alcott both cherished and used as inspiration for her writing have changed drastically in the intervening years. Today, two museums remain dedicated to exploring and explaining the lives of the Alcott family: The Fruitlands and Orchard House. Both museums bring to the forefront of their mission Louisa May's sensibility towards nature and society as they strive to remain relevant to American society.

On June 1, 1843, Bronson Alcott moved his young and growing family into the Fruitlands farmhouse in the town of Har...

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