Saturday, February 13, 2016

Free tours offered at Pearl S. Buck's farm

One-hour tour will include author's library, where she wrote The Good Earth. It will discuss her mission of changing lives through adoption, child sponsorshio and comnmunity programs.

Free tours offered at Pearl S. Buck's farm

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The Pearl S. Buck House, where the author and humanitarian raised seven adopted children and several foster children. (Pearl S. Buck Internationl)

Pearl S. Buck International, the non-profit organization inspired by the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner, is offering free tours of the author’s 1825 stone farm house in Hilltown, Upper Bucks County.   

The one-hour Discover the Legacy tour includes the first floor of the house, with Buck’s library and the desk where she wrote The Good Earth. The house features Pennsylvania country furniture alongside Chinese decorative screens, a silk wall hanging presented by the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Chen Chi paintings, and works by renowned artists Edward Willis Redfield and Walter Emerson Baum.

The tour also includes the Cultural Center, in a barn on the 68-acre Green Hills Farm, a National Historic Landmark.

The farm is where Buck and her husband, Richard Walsh, raised seven adopted children and several foster children. The tour will discuss her mission of changing lives through adoption, child sponsorship, and community programs.

“We have often heard that Pearl S. Buck International is one of the best kept secrets in Bucks County,” Janet Mintzer, president and CEO of the non-sectarian organization, said in a written statement. “It is our hope that by hearing from the voices of those whose lives have been impacted through these very special ‘mission tours,’ our community will be educated and inspired about the continuing legacy of one of the greatest humanitarians and writers of the 20th century, which has changed the lives of over 2 million children and families in our local community and worldwide.” 

The Discover the Legacy tours are offered twice a month through the end of the year: Aug. 9, 1-2 p.m., and Aug. 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Sept. 13, 8-9 a.m. and Sept. 25, 1-2 p.m.; Oct. 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m., and Oct. 25, 8-9 a.m.; Nov. 8, 1-2 p.m., and Nov. 15, 8-9 a.m.; and Dec. 4 , 1-2 p.m., and Dec. 18,  8-9 a.m.

To register, go to or call 215-249-0100 ext. 133. 

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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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