Pearl S. Buck Birthplace
Located in the beautiful and historic "Little Levels" of Pocahontas County, at Hillsboro, West Virginia, is the restored Birthplace of Pearl S. Buck, the most distinguished descendant of two outstanding families--the Stulting and Sydenstricker families.
This house was built by the Stulting family who emigrated from Holland to America in 1847 and who lived here on a sixteen acre farm. On June 26, 1892, the birth of Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker took place here.
Later, writing under her married name of Pearl S. Buck, she won the hearts of Americans with her famous novel, THE GOOD EARTH, for which she won the PULITZER PRIZE FOR LITERATURE in 1932. For the high quality of her literary work, she was awarded the NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE in 1938. Pearl Buck was the first American woman to ever receive both of these awards. On June 24, 1983, the Pearl Buck U.S. Postal Stamp was issued at Hillsboro as a tribute to this great lady.
Today the Birthplace is a fine historic house museum of 1892 where guides greet you and lead you through period rooms containing some of the original furniture and memorabilia of Pearl S. Buck, as well as West Virginia crafts, our official First Day Covers with Pearl Buck Stamps, and other souvenirs.
In the Stulting Barn, restored in 1977, can be seen farm implements of the 1892 period.
The Sydenstricker House, Birthplace of Pearl Buck's father, originally in Greenbrier County, has been dismantled, transported 40 miles, and reconstructed here for use as a cultural center, with the log section as a Sydenstricker Museum. Thus the Birthplace has grown into a farm complex, adding a new historical dimension!
The admission price is WELL WORTH the detailed historical tour of the life and times of Pearl S. Buck, and this wonderful home filled with amazing memorabilia. The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and kept my attention for the entire tour, despite the fact that I knew very little to nothing about one of our country’s greatest writers and novelist. By time I left all I wanted to do was to go home and start reading the trilogy that begins with The Great Earth, and several of the other works mentioned during the tour. Photography is allowed for personal use only. I took a lot of pictures, and rather than post them here wouldn’t want to spoil it for those who will be visiting this gem of a museum. There is a small but very nice gift shop with everything you could possibly want on Pearl S. Buck. This is a museum and historical home that is well worth going out of your way for. It’s not that far from The Greenbrier (about an hour), Beartown State Park (15 minutes), and Droop Mountain Battleground State Park (5 minutes). If you’re at any of those, make your way here. It most certainly won’t disappoint.
Very good tour of her birth place and the history of her family including her life in China
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