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“Inspiring Place to Visit”

Pearl S. Buck House
Ranked #9 of 31 things to do in Doylestown
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Owner description: Just a short drive from Philadelphia, The Pearl S. Buck House promotes the legacy of author and humanitarian, Pearl S. Buck.As you walk through her pre-1825 Pennsylvania stone farmhouse, you will learn her life history, which began in childhood as a daughter of missionary parents in China and ended as a Pulitzer and Nobel-prize winning author. One of just a few national historic landmarks that uphold a woman's legacy, the intact collection includes the typewriter she used to write The Good Earth. Serene paths lead to her gravesite. Exhibit gallery displays her numerous awards including the Nobel prize. International gift shop on location. Pair a tour with a book discussion. Annual festival of trees, writing workshops and cultural events scheduled year round.
Perkasie, Pennsylvania
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125 reviews
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“Inspiring Place to Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

Pearl S Buck was an amazing writer and woman. It is so inspiring to be able to tour her Bucks County, PA home with her things still on view. They have wonderful docents there to lead guided tours and revel the visitor with heartwarming stories. The house itself is worth the tour, it being a very old but well maintained stone farmhouse. There is a wonderful gift shop with gifts from a round the world as well as local artisans. The items are extremely varied and very reasonable.
The grounds and gardens are beautiful. But the most beautiful place is the area in which she is buried. It is off by itself on the left soon after you turn into the long driveway. You park your car on a small pull-off on the right.The path to her grave is lined by flowers and plants. It is truly a reverent site- a place to sit and contemplate. There are also markers for others buried nearby and a note about their importance to her.
There is a reasonable donation? for the tour.
If you don't also know, Pearl S. Buck started Welcome House for the adoption of Amer-Asian children. This organization is still going strong and was very dear to her.

Visited May 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful wedding at a beautiful place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

Stunning gardens, such a timeless air to the place, the house. Really memorable. Made us return just to enjoy the house.

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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
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“Beautiful historic place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

I loved seeing where Pearl Buck wrote her novels...it's full of interesting paperwork on her life.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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83 reviews
46 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful property”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2012

The Pearl S. Buck House is a worthwhile stop for both Buck fans and Bucks County natives interested in local history. The home is run by Pearl S. Buck International, the agency Mrs. Buck created to facilitate international adoptions.

The tour, given by a knowledgeable docent, provides a thorough history of Mrs. Buck's life, including her childhood abroad, her writings, her move back to the US, and her life and family in the US. The home is a delightfully typical stone farmhouse from the 1800s, furnished with many of Mrs. Buck's original possessions. (And her library collection is absolutely stunning! A must see for any bibliophile!)

The tour itself takes about 1.5 hours, and ends with a brief presentation on the amazing work still done by the adoption agency Mrs. Buck founded. Also, after the tour, visitors are encouraged to walk down to Mrs. Buck's grave, and enjoy the grounds.

Visited August 2011
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Allentown, PA.
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27 attraction reviews
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“Unsure What She Did”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

Through entire tour, never knew what she was famous for !!!

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