Tucked away in a woodsy glen on a winding gravel road outside of Greenwich, New York (east of Saratoga Springs) we found Owl Pen Books. It’s not a book store you would ever stumble upon, you must purposefully seek it out and follow directions carefully (watch for small signs). Is it worth the trip?
Oh,YES…We found the place to be utterly charming, with beautiful grounds and two barns filled with books –a sprawling one-floor barn complete with pot-belly stove and a smaller outbuilding a few steps away. There were well-organized, interesting vintage books in nearly every category in the big barn; the smaller barn contained a variety of mostly reading copies at low prices.
All books were reasonably priced, and for the collector there was an intriguing collectible section in the back corner / office area of the main barn (where we purchased a pristine jacketed Modern Library edition of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 ). We saw quite a few other tempting titles there. They have an extensive children’s section, lots of fiction with some good old hard-to-find titles; history, travel, biography, books about books and more.
Owl Pen Books is owned by Hank Howard and Edie Brown. The day we visited we were greeted by Edie. It is open seasonally, from May 1st through October 31st – so act soon if you plan to visit this year! The autumn colors should be gorgeous here.
Further details on location and hours available HERE.
If you enjoy lovely country drives, browsing used, rare and out-of-print books for hours in a peaceful pastoral setting– with no sound of traffic, and no worries about parking– you’ll enjoy a visit here, and you’re sure to come away with some books you thought you’d never find or some good winter reading.