Belknap Hill Books
106 Main St.
Penn Yan, NY
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I lived in New York City for 16 years during the '60s and '70s. I was a collector and steady customer of New York's great used book stores, such as The Strand, and decided that I liked the business. I got started by purchasing a huge library at auction, which had belonged to a woman who was one of Cornell's earliest female graduates.

I started selling books on my own in 1985, in a renovated barn space on Belknap Hill. Lights and shelving were installed, and I did business in the barn for several years. The business was seasonal as the barn was too cold in the winter.

I purchased this building (present location) at 106 Main Street in Penn Yan's historic district in 1987, and have been selling books here for 25 years. Penn Yan was voted one of the top 100 small towns in America. Penn Yan is a year-round village and the County Seat of Yates County. We are located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Wine Country, and the area's population swells every Summer.

  • We've been written up in the Wall Street Journal
  • Our store was built in 1857 and had been a Rexall Drugstore.
  • We have over 35,000 books, with a large selection of
    Children's, Civil War, Military, Cookery, Americana,
    Religion, Philosophy, etc.
  • We have loyal customers who've been coming back
    for over 20 years.
  • We are a pet friendly store

Belknap Hill Books is open (during season) 6 days a week - Monday through Saturday. I live 10 minutes away, and am available to open the store at almost any time during the day.

My dogs have always come to work with me, and they have their loyal fans as well. My first bookstore dog was a black lab named Nana. She was a gentle lady, and an author too. Next her half sister Nellie came to work and was an enthusiastic puppy for all her bookstore life. My current dog star is Rosie, a golden-doodle, who loves to greet people and is a friendly charmer!

Eileen O'Reilly


Belknap Hill Books
106 Main St.
Penn Yan, NY 14527

Eileen O'Reilly
(315) 694-8124
(315) 694-2520

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