Today, over 300,000 rare and used books, maps, prints, manuscripts, paintings, and other collectibles fill rooms upon rooms, shelves upon shelves inside the barn, a labyrinth of words and worlds — it’s a treasure trove. Here’s a glimpse:
A black cat greeted us in the military history section. He purred and accepted an ear rub as tribute, then proceeded to groom himself.
The barn was an outpost of our tour of the Wyeth country. N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth are the local artistic dynasty, celebrated by the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art. We headed there next.