Bird-in-Hand – in the Heart of the Amish Country
Welcome to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, in the heart of the Amish Country. This quaint little crossroads village of shops is located along Route 340 (the Old Philadelphia Pike) approximately seven miles east of Lancaster City and four miles west of the village of Intercourse, Pennsylvania. Bird-in-Hand probably received its name from the sign on an 18th century inn. In the 1700’s many travelers and residents in this area spoke different languages. Early inns often took their names from an image they could paint on their sign that would be recognizable in any language, such as a blue ball, a white horse, or a hand holding a bird. Later, the communities that grew around these inns often took on the name of their local inn, such as the villages of Blue Ball, White Horse, and Bird-in-Hand. Bird-in-Hand is surrounded by Amish farmlands. You’ll frequently see the Amish ride through town in their buggies or on scooters. And you’ll encounter them at local shops and at the Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market. For visitors to Lancaster County, Bird-in-Hand offers a drastic contrast to the suburban sprawl and congested highways back home. Bird-in-Hand is one Lancaster County village you won’t want to miss. Below are many of the businesses you’ll find in Bird-in-Hand, Smoketown, and the surrounding countryside.