Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Wandering Through Books and History at Baldwin's Book Barn in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Wandering Through Books and History at Baldwin's Book Barn in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Wandering Through Books and History at Baldwin's Book Barn in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Baldwin's Book Barn in West Chester, Pennsylvania melds early American history with a wonderland of books, manuscripts, maps and more. Housed in a milking house constructed in 1822, Baldwin's Book Barn charms immediately when you pull up. Stone walls, wooden doors and features and even baskets near the doorway welcome you to a unique adventure.


Stone, baskets and a wood frame are charming elements of Baldwin's Book Barn's 1822 milk barn.
Stone, baskets and a wood frame are charming elements.
Inside, we quickly discovered that the five floors of books on shelves and tucked inside cozy nooks would have us adventuring for quite some time admiring details of the building and perusing titles. William and and Lilla Baldwin started their used book store in 1934 in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1946, they moved their bookstore to "The Barn" and since then Baldwin's Book Barn has been a haven for book and history lovers.

Walking through the historic doors and halls of Baldwin's Book Barn which was built in 1822 is a special treat.
Walking through history.
Overall, I found it pretty easy to navigate sections. Of course, Baldwin's Book Barn is treasure trove because you don't know what you will discover. Surprises abound! My advice is to take your time and enjoy discovery!

I love the crates used to shelve books!
Bookshelves are a mix of traditional bookshelves, tables and even crates.

Lovely and charming window seat at Baldwin's Book Barn in West Chester, Pennsylvania
Lovely window seat!
Alcoves exist throughout where you can sit and relax with a book. We visited on a Sunday and could easily tell that Baldwin's is a favorite for slowing down and being in the moment. Plenty of visitors were perusing and sitting with books. We savored our visit and look forward to returning to uncover new -- well old -- gems and artifacts.

**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.**

Wandering Through Books and History at Baldwin's Book Barn in West Chester, Pennsylvania


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