Saturday, November 10, 2007

Traveling Close to Home - Baldwin's Book Barn

Although today's skies were a bit dreary after overnight rains, the colors of fall beckoned. So Jerry and I declared today a Play Day. We drove through much of Chester County (west of Philadelphia) discovering "new" old byways and highways in the Brandywine Valley. As we headed towards West Chester on Highway 52 we came upon Baldwin's Book Barn. What a find! Baldwin's Book Barn was established in 1934. Over 300,000 used books, manuscripts and maps are housed in a converted 1822 five-story rustic dairy barn. It is warm and cozy (complete with wood-burning stove and 3 cats). How we have lived here over 7 years and never discovered this gem before today is a mystery to us. Check our their website at for directions and their online stores. And next time to head out to the Brandywine don't forget to stop for a browse.

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