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Baldwin's Book Barn, West Chester

Categories: Gift & Specialty Shops, Shopping
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4.8/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
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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  • So many books in an awesome old building. A bit of history surrounding an incredible variety of books. Plus some rare ones that are first editions. 
  • This is one of the few quality used booksellers remaining and a major Chester County landmark. I am fortunate to live nearby, visiting often. Even if you carry your library in your tablet, a trip here...  read more »
  • This place is so cool. So, so many books. I could have spent many more hours here than I did because my friends wanted to go to dinner. 
  • Such a magical place for a book lover - you'll see books from the late 1800s stacked in with books from this past year. Prices are super reasonable, staff is really nice, and I enjoy getting lost in here for hours on end. Plenty of chairs set up for reading, so there's no pushy sales people telling you to get along. It can get pretty chilly on the upper levels in the winter, and there are a few shop cats (in case you're allergic, pack the benadryl). But really, all that just enhances the charm of this book shop, and I hope they're around for many years to come!
  • Oh yeah, baby! A used book store in a uses dairy barn = some truly great browsing in your not-so-typical selection. You really feel like you've give back in time to find books you would probably not have run across at your Edward McKay. I found a business start up book that been out of print for 35 years, and is totally beyond anything available today.
  • So sad it's closing soon. I'm glad I found it before its too late.
  • This is such a cool place to spend an afternoon exploring and admiring all the cool historical books.
  • Fascinating bookstore, huge selection and amazing building.
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