Baldwin’s Book Barn in West Chester Attracts Both Book Lovers and Tourists


Baldwin’s Book Barn in West Chester is both a haven for book lovers who can explore the four floors of books and a tourist attraction with its own ghost stories, writes Meisha Johnson for CBS Philly.

The Book Barn is in an actual dairy barn built in 1822. After World War II, the Baldwins bought and renovated the space, opening it as a bookstore in 1946.

The store is filled with thousands of books, from first editions to the latest hits. The atmosphere and unique setting has attracted visitors from afar.

“We are really on the tourist trail,” said Fred Dannaway.

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Dannaway, who has worked at the bookstore for 17 years, is full of stories about the place. He said mysterious events often occur with invisible visitors, like the time two girls saw an old gentleman reading a newspaper in a chair. He wasn’t actually there when Dannaway went to check.

“Every time I go past that spot upstairs, I look at that chair and think,” he said.

Read more about the unique bookstore at CBS Philly here, and check out previous VISTA Today coverage of Baldwin’s Book Barn here.

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