“For me it is a living heart in the country I knew was my own but which was strange to me until I returned to the house where I was born. For me that house was a gateway to America. May it live again, my Mother’s house, and may it prove for others, too, a gateway to new thoughts and dreams and ways of life. ”
– Pearl S. Buck
The Birthplace is open Friday and Saturday.
Open Mother’s Day through End of October
Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Pearl S. Buck Birthplace is located at Hillsboro on U.S. Rte. 219. It is a one hour drive north on 219 from Lewisburg to the South and a two hour drive south on 219 from Elkins to the North.
When we are open, we offer tours throughout the day beginning at 11:15a.m. The tours take approximately 45 minutes. The last tour of the day will begin no later than 4:15p.m.
Students 1st-12th grade: $5.00
Children 6 and under: No Charge
Groups & Tours
We offer group and bus tours throughout the season. Visit Groups and Kids for more information.
Did you know?
Pearl’s parents Absalom and Carie Sydenstricker were Presbyterian missionaries in China. Between 1880-1890, three of their first four children died in infancy, due to unsanitary conditions of that age. When Carrie became pregnant again, they returned to her family home so that the infant could be born healthy. She was named Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker, owning to the fact that she was, indeed, healthy. The wash stand in her birth room aided the family’s early care of her.