When I discovered the Buck School, something inspired me to take on this project. The building had been abandoned and was derelict for 20 years. The trees were so overgrown it was hardly visible from the street. I suppose my keen appreciation of architecture and history piqued my interest. The renovation took two painstaking years. Every detail was a complex undertaking that challenged my patience to its limits. Yes, friends and family questioned my sanity! But I persevered knowing the end result was worth the effort. Take a look at the progress photographs. Now, my team and I work diligently to improve the physical property and the guest experience. In addition to this aspect of my life as an innkeeper, I own an organic landscape company. On my free time, I enjoy organic cooking, cycling, sailing, hiking, and traveling.


The Buck School Inn is one of Pennsylvania’s most charming accommodations. As a reconstructed school house, the Inn is bursting with old world charm. The original Buck School was built in 1840 and was a functioning school for more than 100 years. In the 1940’s it was converted into a residence that tragically became derelict.

In 2002 the current owner embarked on a historic renovation. The Buck School Inn was opened in 2015. The mid-19th century school house had been transformed into a completely new architectural masterpiece. Both interior and exterior spaces have been totally reimagined as a peaceful, private retreat. Besides the additional square footage and full renovation work, the restoration also used salvaged hand blown glass glazed into new handmade wooden window sashes, historic plaster replication, and a new timber frame floor.

Today’s guests at the Buck School Inn will stay in one of three comfortable guest rooms – the School Room, the Brandywine Suite, or the Van Gogh Room. Each has a king bed and a private bath. There is also a full suite for extended stay.

The Buck School Inn also offers a spacious, shared living room and kitchen, a lush sculpture garden ripe for exploration, and beautiful landscaping which adorns the rest of the property.

Nestled in the heart of the scenic Brandywine Valley, the Buck School Inn has a peaceful rural setting less than an hour’s drive from downtown Philly. For those who would prefer not to drive, a train station is only a mile down the road. Nearby are plenty of museums, restaurants, the Longwood Gardens, and America’s Number 2 Scenic Drive.

Brandywine Valley is, of course, a cyclists paradise, and the Buck School Inn is very bike friendly. Cyclists from all of the country have stayed here as they enjoy Brandywine Valley’s gentle curves and scenic views. Let us help guide you through some of the finest cycling the the United States.


The History of the

Buck School Inn