Louisa May Alcott was born in November 1832 in the Germantown area of Philadelphia. Her parents were transcendentalists – part of a group of intellectuals who developed a philosophy around the inherent goodness of man and nature and the corruptive influence of institutions. Her father, Bronson Alcott, moved the family to Massachusetts to be part of the progressive philosophical scene, settling in Concord among an intellectual community including Emerson, Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Bronson’s desire to build an educational system around his beliefs led to several failed utopian ventures and years of near poverty for the family. But the closeness of family ties that comes through in “Little Women” seems to reflect the genuine experience of life in the Alcott home. Eventually with the aid of some inheritance the Alcotts were able to settle into a home they called Orchard House in the village of Concord.
|Orchard House, the Alcott home in Concord. My wife Jill and friend |
Linda Evans loitering out on the front step
|A matronly Louisa May Alcott at work|
|Alcott's grave in Sleepy Hollow. This was taken during a|
visit with my friend and fellow pastor Bauer Evans and his
wife. Earlier in the day, not as gloomy.