Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sandy leaves a path of destruction at Pearl S. Buck House

Organization that runs the award-winning author's home and programs in Upper Bucks are seeking help to deal with damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Sandy leaves a path of destruction at Pearl S. Buck House

This report from the staff of Pearl S. Buck International, the organization that operates the house and grounds of the Pulitzer- and Nobel Prize-winning author in Hilltown and continues her support of children through through adoption, child sponsorship and community programs:


Hurricane Sandy cast a wide path of destruction to the beautiful landscape of the national historic landmark Pearl S. Buck House and 68 surrounding acres.

The Pearl S. Buck gravesite area was devastated by fallen trees and the headstone flipped over.  Trees fell along the entrance driveway, and the walking trail used by school groups to visit the gravesite is no longer accessible. In addition, a wooded area now looks like a clearing with fallen trees.

About 40 trees were destroyed by the storm. As a result, Pearl S. Buck International is looking for corporate employee and community groups to join in clean-up days scheduled for Nov. 30 and Dec. 7

Volunteers groups should contact David Hartzell at or 215-249-0100 ext. 154.

 To see a video and photographs of the damage and make donations to assist with the effort, go to

About this blog
Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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