The Little Women house and all the filming locations: Where was Little Women filmed?

Dancing people scene from the movie
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Little Women, the 2019 movie inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel, is set and filmed when and where she wrote it, in Massachusetts. This new version of the classic coming-of-age period drama is directed by actress and filmmaker Greta Gerwig (who in 2017 delivered the acclaimed film Lady Bird).

Saoirse Ronan leads the impressive cast rounded out by Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Florence Pugh, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Eliza Scanlen, Louis Garrel, Timothée Chalamet and Chris Cooper. Here are the real filming locations used to set the city and the houses and mansions featured in Little Women:

The Little Women house

Alcott Orchard House
The real Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, where the writer spent part of her childhood, is located at 399 Lexington Rd, in the city of Concord. Here is where she wrote Little Women back in 1868. As local media WBUR reports, today the house still survives as a museum. The filmmakers couldn't accommodate this large production here, as the space was too small to fit all cast and crew.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Victor Grigas - Map


Little Women house
That's why the March house featured in the movie was temporarily built on a land off Lowell Road in Concord, as Variety reported. The new house, located nearby the original one, was painstakingly full-scale reproduced. However, some interiors were shot in an enormous Franklin warehouse.
Image courtesy of Sony Pictures - Map

Where was Little Women filmed?

Film Manor snowed
The Laurence House is a white mansion in Concord that as in the movie, it is actually located next to the replica Orchard house. With woods and a pond nearby, this place was also the perfect setting to film the ice-skating scene. Boston.com reports that the interiors were filmed in the Nathaniel Thayer Estate, a historic Georgian Revival manor located in Lancaster. Image courtesy of Sony Pictures - Laurence House Location / Thayer Estate Map


Old house ball sequence
The Gardiner House where Jo meets Laurie in the New Year’s Eve ball is the Lyman Estate in Waltham. Surrounded by large gardens, this beautiful 1793 historic country mansion is also known as The Vale.
Image courtesy of Sony Pictures and Robert Gray - Map


Grand Ballroom Fairmont Copley Plaza
The New Year’s Eve ball in Paris was shot in the Grand Ballroom at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Since its opening in 1912, this elegant and luxurious hotel has been a symbol of Boston’s rich history. Also there is a scene with Amy and Aunt March in carriage through the dirt roads of Paris, set in the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Boston. This charming botanical garden, founded in 1872, is located in the Jamaica Plain and Roslindale neighborhoods of Boston. Image courtesy of Sony Pictures and Maveric - Hotel Map / Arnold Arboretum Map


Shooting location Theatre
There are a couple of scenes shot in Boston and set in New York City: The Emerson Colonial Theatre appears in a scene in which Jo takes in a show. The Gibson House Museum was used as the Boarding House.
Colonial Theatre Map / Gibson House Map


Little Women city
The city of Lawrence doubled as New York. The production transformed Appleton and Common St in Lawrence downtown into mid-1800s streets. Image courtesy of Sony Pictures and Google Maps


Oceanfront estate and gardens
Several scenes set in Paris were filmed in Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, including the garden, a courtyard, and the seashore of Concord Beach. The actual 'Great House' is a 59-room Stuart-style mansion built in 1928. This stunning seaside estate features wonderful undulating landscaped grounds.
Image courtesy of Sony Pictures and Jay Burnham and Google Maps


Aunt March manor
Aunt March mansion was filmed in the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton. This is a nice country house featuring a large garden open to visitors every day, sunrise to sunset, without charge. The Knives Out movie was also filmed nearby; Here are all the locations in our report: Where was Knives Out filmed?
Image courtesy of Sony Pictures and Liz West - Map


Staircase Shoot
The staircase scene in the Moffat House was shot at the Headquarters House (William Hickling Prescott House), an historic house museum located at 55 Beacon Street in Boston. Built in 1808, the property is a National Historic Landmark, owned by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.
Image courtesy of Sony Pictures and Google Maps


The Little Women city

Harvard village church snow
Several scenes set in Concord were filmed in the small and super cute town of Harvard in Worcester County, at 25 miles northwest of the city of Boston. Pictured, the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church. Image courtesy of Sony Pictures - Map


Harvard town vintage shop
The Tailor's Shop is the picturesque Harvard General Store. The town hall was used as the Concord Theater exterior. Store Map - Town Hall Map


Little Women drehort
Meg’s House, once she's married to John Brooke, was set in the Fruitlands Museum house. Author Louisa May Alcott lived in this house at one point in her life. Image courtesy of Sony Pictures and Rebecca GaleSeguir - Map


Les Filles du docteur March Lieux de tournage
A key scene between Jo and Laurie set at Concord Hills was filmed at Gibbet Hill in Groton. The Concord Train Station was filmed in Stoughton. The Massachusetts Film Office published a pdf including all the shooting locations of this new 2019 film. Image courtesy of Sony Pictures - Gibbet Hill Map / Stoughton Map

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