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Baldwin's Book Barn, West Chester
(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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Reviews
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  • I collect rare children's books and their selection is great! Truly a rare and magical book store that I hope to visit again and again! 
  • 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...  more »
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  • This is such a special place. I came often when I used to live in the area. It really is a magical place. As a teen-ager and college student it was a magical experience. Perhaps even mystical. 20 years later it still very much is a place of magic and wonder. So many rare books, vintage maps and art prints - along with new publications in a historic charming old barn. One can easily spend thousands of hours. I wish I could give thousands of dollars. I heard they'll be closing soon. I did not have the heart to ask. I just hope the new owner has the heart and soul of the Baldwin family. And will be a good steward of this precious treasure. Please visit! The antique and rare children's book section alone is worth it. For history and military buffs Baldwin's Book Barn is a definite must. Prices are reasonable and the selection is wonderful. The owners are very interesting kind folks. I wish them the very best and thank them for creating such a beautiful bookstore and being a main reason for my having a deep love and appreciation for books.
  • It is an adventurous treasure hunt in an actual old barn. Be prepared for rickety stairs and getting lost in nooks and crannies!
  • 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.