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Celebrate the holiday season with the March Family! A Little Women Holiday showcases scenes from the beloved book by Louisa May Alcott. Published 150 years ago, the story of four sisters living in Massachusetts in the 1860s has inspired generations. Visit The Fenton History Center during December to see the mansion transformed by Little Women, and discover how timeless the story is.

Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Her father, Bronson, was a teacher and philosopher. Louisa’s mother, Abigail was the daughter of a respected Boston family. Bronson and Abigail were the inspiration for Mr. March and Marmee, the parents in Little Women. Louisa’s three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth, and May were fictionalized as Meg, Beth, and Amy March. The book’s main character, Jo, was based a bit on Louisa herself. Louisa’s parents kept journals and encouraged their children to do so as well. In 1868, Louisa used these journal entries as inspiration for her book. 

Little Women is a lively story of the March family. The March’s lived in Concord Massachusetts in the 1860s, and Mr. March, the father, was a chaplain serving in the Union Army during the Civil War. The novel includes many winter and Christmas scenes, and the celebration of family and community in the face of hardship is a perfect way to honor the holiday season. 

Little Women Holiday is on display from December 1 – January 6, and the Fenton is open Monday-Saturday from 10-4. During December, the mansion will be open Wednesday evenings from 5-8 pm for extended hours. As a special addition, the Fenton is hosting two evenings of candlelight guided tours of the exhibit. The dates for the candlelight tours are Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 22. Guided tours are at 6:00 and 7:00 pm, and includes a piece of gingerbread cake and coffee. Reservations are encouraged, as space is limited. Please call the Fenton at 716-664-6256 to make a reservation. The cost of the guided tours is $15 for adults and $5 for children 5 and older. The cost of self-guided tours during regular hours is $10 for adults and children are free.