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Louisa May Alcott’s Boston

See Alcott’s Boston homes and hear the stories that inspired the beloved author of Little Women

Cover of Little Women

Tour Description

Louisa May Alcott's Little Women - one of the most beloved books of all time — was published more than 150 years ago. The character of Jo March, the book’s heroine, was loosely based on Alcott's own life, growing up in 19th century New England.

Thanks to the fame of Little Women, today's readers associate Alcott with Concord. In fact, Alcott lived for long periods in Boston. Most readers of the time associated her with the city’s vibrant literary scene.

On this tour, you will see Alcott’s Boston homes, walk the streets and hear stories that inspired this beloved author.

Tour Information

tour duration

90 minutes

tour distance

0.9 mile

tour terrain level 3

likely uneven surfaces and significant inclines

Public Tour Calendar

Private Tours

This tour can be scheduled as a private tour with advance notice. Call 617.367.2345 or use our private tour webform to learn more.

Starting Location

Meet your guide in the plaza at School and Washington Streets, between Walgreens and the Irish Famine Memorial.

Finding Your Guide: All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Boston By Foot Walking Tours.”

Nearest MBTA Stations: Downtown Crossing (Orange & Red Lines) and State (Blue & Orange Lines)

Ending Location

This tour ends in the general area of Beacon Street and Spruce Street.

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Park Street (Green & Red Lines)