The Book Barn was built in 1822 and is a five-story building which exudes bookish charm with its cozy nooks, stone walls, friendly atmosphere, wood-burning stove, and shelf upon shelf of books, maps, and prints. Baldwin's Book Barn is an inveterate and unique institution of Chester County, Pennsylvania where people have come for decades to buy and sell books.
What will you find at the Book Barn? You'll find a place to relax, browse, chat, and discover that hard-to-find book you've always wanted! You'll find antiquarian, rare, and fine books as well as thousands upon thousands of used books, maps, and prints.Take that rare volume down and hold a bit of history in your hands. Stumble upon that used, out-of-print treasure on one of hundreds of shelves. Sit down for as long as you like to read through your new discovery! Be our guest to savor the early American atmosphere. We know you'll enjoy the unique surroundings and come back again and again!
William and Lilla Baldwin established their used book and collectible business in 1934 in nearby Wilmington, DE. In 1946 they moved to "The Barn". The old milking house was converted into a residence for the Baldwin Family and the stone barn became the bookshop and for some years, a country store museum. We are located deep in the heart of the enchanting and historical Brandywine Valley. Baldwin's Book Barn is one of America's truly distinctive bookstores. Step inside and you are transported to another time and place. Today, our store is stuffed to the rafters with a treasure trove of 300,000 used and rare books, manuscripts, maps as well as fine paintings, prints, estate antiques, and other valued collectibles.