Top left: The House of the Seven Gables ©Novel Destinations; top right: Louisa May Alcott’s writing desk ©Orchard House; bottom left: Mark Twain’s library ©Mark Twain House; bottom right: Flannery O’Connor’s farm ©Andalusia

“We miss you…and have noticed literally hundreds of you still stopping by Orchard House since our closure to enjoy our grounds and peer through the windows,” Jan Turnquist, executive director of the literary site in Concord, Mass., told fans in a recent Facebook post. Unable to invite visitors inside to tour Louisa May Alcott’s abode, which is currently closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, instead she offered a special “virtual treat”—a guided video tour of Orchard House, led by Turnquist acting as Alcott. The cost to stream the video is $10, which can be applied toward admission to Orchard House once it reopens.

Literary travelers looking to liven up their time while social distancing can do some exploring from the sofa. Here are six more author houses with virtual tours on tap:

The Mark Twain House, Hartford, Connecticut
This 3-D tour of Mark Twain’s domain is a visual feast. The Victorian Gothic mansion, where he put down roots for 17 years, has been described as “part steamboat, part medieval fortress and part cuckoo clock.” The house’s construction was financed in part with proceeds earned from Twain’s first full-length book, the travelogue The Innocents Abroad, and design and décor elements throughout reflect his love of travel.

The House of the Seven Gables, Salem, Massachusetts
The 17th-century seaside manse that inspired Nathan­iel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables, and its lovely garden and grounds, constitute a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. A 12-part tour of the complex is available through the free UniGuide app (search: House of Seven Gables). The virtual tour includes images of and information about the property and its numerous buildings, among them Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Birthplace, which was moved to this location for preservation.

Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia Farm, Milledgeville, Georgia
On her mother’s family farm in central Georgia, Flannery O’Connor devoted herself to two great loves: writing and raising peacocks, swans, chickens, and other birds. She spent the last of her 39 years, before dying of complications from lupus, amid Andalusia’s pastoral beauty, which inspired the settings for such stories as “A Circle in the Fire,” “Good Country People,” and “The Displaced Person.” Watch a virtual reality tour of the main house and view the grounds via a web tour.

Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum, Lynchburg, Virginia
A Harlem Renaissance-era poet, civil rights activist, and native Virginian, Anne Spencer lived in a Queen Anne-style residence, built by her husband, for more than seven decades beginning in 1903. See the poet’s house, where she entertained fellow wordsmiths like Langston Hughes, and the picturesque garden, where she wrote in a specially constructed, one-room retreat.

The Pearl S. Buck House, Perkasie, Pennsylvania
After four decades living in China, Pearl S. Buck settled at Green Hills Farm, a 68-acre estate in Bucks County, Pennsylva­nia. The National Historic Land­mark site has gardens, greenhouses, a renovated barn, and a 19th-century stone farmhouse that contains Buck’s personal furnishings and belongings intact as she left them. When taking this virtual tour of the house and grounds, be sure to linger in the lovely library. The desk in the room, originally located in the attic of her home in China, is where she wrote her novel The Good Earth in three months.

Willa Cather’s Red Cloud, Nebraska
“That shaggy grass country…gripped me with a passion I have never been able to shake,” declared Willa Cather of the Nebraska prairie. Featuring historic photos, audio, and video scenes, this virtual tour from the Willa Cather Foundation walks visitors through the prairie landscape she loved and featured in novels like My Ántonia, and highlights three significant locales: Red Cloud’s train depot and opera house, and her family home.