Do you want to own a beloved bookstore without having to start from scratch? You’re in luck because Owl Pen Books, New York State, has just launched and is looking for someone to continue running the store and its legacy.

Owl Pen Books is located in Greenwich, New York and is part of a series of book barns that were built around a Sidehill Colonial built around 1930. Owl Pen Books is a popular institution that book lovers make a must-see on their literary travels.

The house and the row of the book barn are on a gravel road with about 100 hectares of land. Owl Pen is a rare and used bookstore that opened in 1960. The owner, Barbara Probst, had run a bookstore at Skidmore College and bought the land to live on and develop the business. She used the chicken coop.

Bookshelves in Owl Pen Books

In 1980 Probst sold the property to Hank Howard and Edie Brown. Since then, they have run the business and regularly go home to buy books. The shop currently holds over 35,000 books, ranging from cheap used titles to rare and antiquarian titles for serious collectors.

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Howard died in 2020 and the property is sold by Brown. She is interested in selling to someone as passionate about books and business as she and Howard. The house is in good condition and the shop is currently open and operating.

Imagine the possibilities. In addition to owning and running the store, perhaps the historic house could serve as a reader’s dream destination, either as a literary Airbnb, as a space for author workshops, or as a permanent home for a passionate reader. It would be an incredible place to host lectures or events for those who want to learn more about rare books.

Bookshelves in Owl Pen Books

The full listing of the property is available, with contact information for the seller’s agent. You can learn more about Owl Pen Books, including what it offers, how it became a reader’s target, and more on the store’s website.