Pearl S. Buck
Author, Activist and Humanitarian
— 1892-1973 —
Pearl S. Buck was born in West Virginia but lived the first 40 years of her life in China, as the daughter of Presbyterian missionaries. The second 40 years of her life, she lived here on this beautiful property, known as Green Hills Farm. Originally 48 acres and purchased for $4,100 in 1934, the property is currently 67 acres.
Today, the property consists of Pearl S. Buck’s expanded stone farmhouse, built in 1825, the original 1735 homestead, now known as the Cottage, the barn, now known as the Cultural Center, and the Welcome Center and office building, built in 1987, along with a maintenance building. You will also discover the milk house, later a play house for the children, on the property.
Pearl S. Buck raised on birth daughter and seven adopted children along with countless foster children. The home was filled with activity and the barn, now the Cultural Center, was open to the community for scout meetings, basketball, square dancing, movie nights, and more. The tradition continues as we welcome the community for events and private functions.
Pearl S. Buck passed away on March 6, 1973, at 80 years of age. She is buried, as requested, here on the grounds of her National Historic Landmark home. Near the entrance to the property, you will find her gravesite etched with Chinese characters of her birth name. A nearby stream and benches provide a quite place for contemplation.
Pearl S. Buck dedicated her life to opening doors of understanding between Asian and Western cultures and helping children who faced discrimination, poverty, and disabilities. Her legacy and dreams continue to this day on this property and around the globe.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Asian Americans. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list.
Location. 40° 21.573′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pearl S. Buck (1892 - 1973) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Former U.S. Post Office (approx. 1.2 miles away); Dublin Honor Roll (approx. 1.2 miles away); Layle Lane (1893 - 1976), educator, social activist, humanitarian and political leader (approx. 3.7 miles away); Army (approx. 4.2 miles away); Marines (approx. 4.2 miles away); Navy (approx. 4.2 miles away); Air Force (approx. 4.2 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 27, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.