Baldwin's Book Barn is exactly what it seems: a barn full of books. But there's more to it than that. This Chester County institution dates all the way back to 1822, when the five-story stone barn was first built. Nowadays, instead of housing barnyard animals, the distinctive white structure hosts more than 30,000 used books, some of which are rare, plus manuscripts, maps, and prints
That said, when you arrive at Baldwin's, don't expect your cookie-cutter bookstore experience. Here, the wooden floors creak under the weight of footsteps, some of the inventory might sport a layer of dust, and the store's resident cats are likely to snake between your ankles in request of a scratch behind the ears. It's all part of Baldwin's charm, though, especially if you find time to settle into a cozy alcove to preview your new reads.
If you'd like to check out this unique store for yourself, you can stop by between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. seven days a week.