Alcotts were vegetarians and harvested fruits and vegetables from gardens and orchards
they tended on the twelve acres surrounding Orchard House. Mrs. Alcott's family china, portraits of Elizabeth and Louisa,
and paintings by May are displayed in this room along with other family furnishings, most memorably Elizabeth's melodeon (small reed organ). Of vital importance to the family and their guests at the dining table were mealtime conversations that addressed abolition,
women's suffrage, child labor, and many other social reforms. The Alcott sisters also used the Dining Room as their stage, performing
home-made theatricals for neighbors and friends assembled in the adjoining Parlor during their weekly evening Open House.
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