Landmark Book Barn Waiting To Turn The Page To A New Era

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A nearly 200-year-old barn-turned-treasure-trove-of-knowledge tucked away in the countryside south of West Chester is waiting to turn the page on a storied history of its own.

Baldwin’s Book Barn, filled five stories full with hundreds of thousands of books collected over seven decades, may soon part with its founding family.

“I’m very fussy on who buys it,” Thomas Baldwin said in a Keystone Edge feature story.

Tom Baldwin
Tom Baldwin (Courtesy of Main Line Today)

“I want it to go on as it is. There’s nothing like it in the world. It’s a very important landmark for the community and the state of Pennsylvania. I’m not anxious to sell it. I love it here. But it may be time. I do want to be with my family and grandchildren.”

The second-generation owner of what is now coined America’s largest used bookstore grew up next door and returned to help his father keep it going in 1983 after a successful career in the hotel and restaurant business, but he now splits his time between Chester County and a Florida locale much closer to his family.

Read much more about the rich history of Baldwin’s Book Barn, as well as other highlights of the Colonial family descended from a signer of the Declaration of Independence that has fostered learning and a love of history in that converted dairy barn, all in Keystone Edge here.

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