Baldwin's Book Barn, West Chester

Deep in the heart of the enchanting and historical Brandywine Valley in Chester County, Pennsylvania resides one of America’s truly distinctive bookstores. Baldwin’s Book Barn is a five-story antiquarian bookstore housed in a rustic dairy barn built in 1822 by Quakers Brinton and Sarah Darlington.
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  • If you like books, this place is a "can't miss". He has so many shelves, you might get lost, including some rare finds.  more »
  • What an enjoyable time perusing the books at Baldwin’s Book Barn. Iy’s Like taking a step back in time. Wonderful collections of used books on many levels Lots of books and crannies to explore and sea...  more »
  • Browse through rooms of used books. Lots of local history, Wyeth collectible books, and serendipitous treasures!  more »
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  • Wide selection of books in a very interesting venue. The barn itself as well as how the books are displayed was very interesting. Appeared to have some hard to find titles. A bit on the pricey side but probably worth it to those who can't find a particular title. I enjoyed my visit and bought several books.
  • This book store does not deserve 5-stars. It deserves 10. Never in my life could I imagine a better bookstore. Phenomenal. Huge. So well organized. Every aisle has a seat to encourage sitting down to figure out what books you would like to purchase. It is Bittersweet but the cats no longer reside there. They have all been adopted to wonderful loving homes. But I still miss them.
  • If you are a person like myself who loves to read, & love the colonial times. This place is for you. They have over 20,000 books, & the store is located in a barn /house built on the late 1700's, early 1800's. It is 4 stories high. They actually have extremely old books, that they rent out to major movie companies for background use. I was told last weekend, they just got back a set of books for a Nicole Kitman movie that's being released next month. You won't be disappointed. They have every author possible.
  • I visited the Book Barn today with some books previously owned by my parents and both of my grandmothers. I had no idea of their value (if any). The elderly woman who appeared to be "in charge" scanned through my book titles (while they were still in the bag I had brought) and declared they were all "junk"! She told me they only buy books that are more than 100 years old and even though she said my books were "junk" I could donate them ! This was the worst customer service I have ever encountered. Even if my books were of no value to her she should have been more polite. She went on to say they can't sell the books they already have so why would they want mine! I will never return to this business and was very disappointed in her demeanor and total lack of customer service. I will enjoy the sentimental value of these books! If I could give less than one star I would do so!
  • Four floors of used books arranged by subject in different areas of the barn. Classic used book store near West Chester. Lots of books on local interest and histories. A good stop for lovers of these places and historical vernacular structures.
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