This report from the staff of Pearl S. Buck International, the organization that operates the house and grounds of the Pulitzer- and Nobel Prize-winning author in Hilltown and continues her support of children through through adoption, child sponsorship and community programs:

Hurricane Sandy cast a wide path of destruction to the beautiful landscape of the national historic landmark Pearl S. Buck House and 68 surrounding acres.

The Pearl S. Buck gravesite area was devastated by fallen trees and the headstone flipped over.  Trees fell along the entrance driveway, and the walking trail used by school groups to visit the gravesite is no longer accessible. In addition, a wooded area now looks like a clearing with fallen trees.

About 40 trees were destroyed by the storm. As a result, Pearl S. Buck International is looking for corporate employee and community groups to join in clean-up days scheduled for Nov. 30 and Dec. 7.

Volunteers groups should contact David Hartzell at or 215-249-0100 ext. 154.

To see a video and photographs of the damage and make donations to assist with the effort, go to