Louisa May--Little Women 5 of 5  LbNA # 39442 (ARCHIVED)

OwnerBloomin' Gramma Jo      
Placed DateApr 30 2008
LocationAustin, TX
Found By Time Bandit
Last Found Jan 20 2011
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Louisa May Alcott-- Little Women Come to Texas Series Box 5/5
Alcott was 2nd of 4 daughters born to Transcendentalist Amos Bronson Alcott and Abigail May Alcott. The family moved to Boston in 1834 where her father established an experimental school and joined the Transcendental Club with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
Louisa May became both an abolitionist and a feminist. In 1847, the family housed a fugitive slave for one week. In 1848 Alcott read and admired the "Declaration of Sentiments" published by the Seneca Falls Convention on women's rights.
Louisa May Alcott's overwhelming success dated from the appearance of the first part of Little Women: or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, (1868) a semi-autobiographical account of her childhood years with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. Part two, or Part Second, also known as Good Wives, (1869) followed the March sisters into adulthood and their respective marriages. Little Men (1871) detailed the characters and ways of her nephews who lived with her at Orchard House in Concord. Jo's Boys (1886) completed the "March Family Saga."
In her later life, Alcott became an advocate of women's suffrage and was the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts.
One day, Louisa May decided to leave the confines of her room and small writing desk in Orchard House to seek inspiration among the fragrant cedar trees of NW Austin. You will find her nestled in a cozy nook under a large rock along the Irving & Hazeline Smith Memorial Trail.
Traveling south on Hwy 360 from US 183, turn right at Old Spicewood Springs Road. (It’s about ½ mile south of 183.) Take another (immediate) right and drive into the gravel parking area on the right. The trail head is across the road. After reading trail information and checking out the trail map, make your way down the trail to the Victory Garden.
Take the right fork, heading counter-clockwise on the trail. There is a brown trail marker at the Y. From the brown marker, count 45 steps to a single arrow marker, also on the left. Now count 390 steps (or just take a nice leisurely walk thru the woods) to the next brown marker pointing straight ahead. From this marker count 36 steps. Stop and look left. There is a double trunk tree 13 steps off the path. Behind that tree and slightly to the right is a smallish hardwood with a cedar growing right beside it. Behind that tree are large rocks. Louisa May is nestled in that little cave, behind those smaller rocks.
Please be sensitive to the delicate plants, leave no social trail, and hide Miss Alcott well so she can continue writing. Contact the placer via LBNA or Atlas Quest. “Buffalo Bull” and “Footprints in Time” are close by on this same trail.