STUDY: "If in Emerson's study perpetual twilight
reigns," wrote a visitor to Orchard House in 1874," in Alcott's it is always
noon. The great sun shines in it all day, the great fireplace roars, and the warm crimson
hangings temper the sunlight and reflect the firelight. Quaint mottoes and pictures hang
on the walls." Mr. Alcott's books fill the shelves and the room is furnished with his
library table, chair and desk. The Concord School of Philosophy, an adult, co-educational
summer school led by Mr. Alcott, first met in this room until a larger building adjacent
to Orchard House was constructed in 1880.