A Barnful of Books

Tucked away along a sleepy road in the picturesque Brandywine Valley is a personal heaven of mine: Baldwin’s Book Barn, a 19th-century five-story milk barn converted in the 1940s into a book store.

Outside view of Baldwin's Book Store

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 door opened inside the Baldwin's Book Store

Wall of Baldwin's Book Barn

A black cat greeted us in the military history section. He purred and accepted an ear rub as tribute, then proceeded to groom himself.

Black cat grooming among books, Baldwin's Book Barn

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.

Baldwin's Book Barn

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