Intercourse, PA – In the Heart of the Amish Country

Welcome to the Village of Intercourse, Pennsylvania

Many people consider Intercourse the heart of the Amish Country.  Intercourse is a hub where many Amish and local folks do their business. It is also one of the top tourism destinations for many visitors to the Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

Beautiful Amish farms surround the village, which is located along the Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 340) in Eastern Lancaster County. Intercourse is just east of Bird-in-Hand and north of Paradise, and is close to many Lancaster County attractions and things to do here. The village stands as a clear reminder of our traditional American heritage where people lived by a simpler way of life.

Take a walk around this small country town and you’ll discover many intriguing specialty shops, museums, art galleries, and local restaurants, with many more shops and attractions just outside of town. (See below.)

Intercourse is a Center of Amish Activity

Amish buggy in Intercourse, PAFor many visitors, one of the biggest attractions of Intercourse is the Amish people themselves. Intercourse is a center where many local Amish come to shop, bank, and conduct their business. And many of the local shops in town sell Amish quilts, furniture, and other Amish products hand-made by these Amish neighbors.

Some of the scenes from the Paramount motion picture “Witness”, starring Harrison Ford, were filmed right here in Intercourse.

How Intercourse Got Its Name

Formerly known as “Cross Keys”, this village was founded in 1754. The name was changed to Intercourse in 1814. There are several explanations concerning the origin of the name of Intercourse, but none can really be substantiated. The first centers around an old race track which existed just east of town along the Old Philadelphia Pike. The entrance to the race course was known as “Entercourse”. Some suggest that “Entercourse” gradually evolved into “Intercourse”.

Amish scooter in Intercourse, PAAnother theory concerns two major roads that crossed here: the Old King’s Highway, which ran from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh (now called the Old Philadelphia Pike), and the road from Wilmington, Delaware to Erie, Pennsylvania. The intersection of these two roads was thought to be the basis for the town of “Cross Keys” or, eventually, “Intercourse”.

A final idea comes from the “old english” language which was is use in the early 1800’s. It refers to the “fellowship” or social interaction and friendship which was so much a part of an agricultural village and culture at that time. These roots mark the community of faith to this day, and the many evidences of it are experienced by those who care to dig a bit more deeply while visiting this area.

Come & Enjoy Your Visit to Intercourse

Intercourse is a fascinating village full of delightful treasures, friendly shopkeepers, and quality food and merchandise, nestled in the scenic Amish Country. For visitors of any age, there’s plenty to do here.

You’ll enjoy your visit here!

Don’t Miss These Popular Intercourse Points of Interest:

Popular Intercourse, PA Destinations:

Snyder’s Furniture

3709 E. Newport Rd. (Rt. 772), Gordonville (Intercourse), PA 17529, 717-768-7642

A local landmark for almost 20 years, Snyder's is located just outside of Intercourse, PA. Watch the Amish country sunset while enjoying our expansive display of local handcrafted outdoor furniture or enjoy Dutch food samplers every Saturday. Amish tables, beds, cribs, rockers and more!   Visit website

Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides

Plain & Fancy Farm, 3121 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340), Ronks (Bird-in-Hand), PA 17572, 717-768-8828

Learn more about the Amish and have fun while you do - take an Amish buggy ride! Ride through real working non-commercial Amish farms.  4-mile tour with Amish guides. Longer rides available. Group and bus tours welcome. Located just west of Intercourse along Route 340.  Visit website

Dutchland Quilt Patch

3461 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, PA 17534, 800-411-3221

This unique shop offers a large selection of locally made quilts, wallhangings, pillows, dolls, baskets and crafts. Customize your own quilt. Enjoy our Christmas room full of Christmas decor and candles. We have over 6000 bolts of quilting fabrics, notions and patterns at discount prices. Come watch us quilt! Visit website.

Kitchen Kettle Village

3529 Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 340), Intercourse, PA 17534, 800-732-3538

Stroll through a Village of 42 shops that's built around one of Lancaster County's most famous kitchens. Sample fresh pepper jam, see fudge being poured, Shaker furniture being made, and listen as Banjo Jimmy plays a folk tune. Open Monday-Saturday 9-5.   Visit website

The Old Country Store

3510 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340), Intercourse, PA 17534-0600, 717-768-7101, 800-828-8218

Visit the oldest operating store in Intercourse, selling locally-handmade quilts and crafts from our Amish and Mennonite neighbors. We proudly sell “Made in USA.” Enjoy friendly customer service while shopping for quilting fabric, kitchen gadgets, wares, old-fashioned toys, and local foods. Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6:30pm; June – October; 9am – 5pm, November – May.

Peaceful Valley Furniture

3347 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340), Intercourse, PA 17534, 717-768-0216
3172 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340), Bird-In-Hand, PA 17505, 717-768-3575
421 Hartman Bridge Rd. (Rt. 896), Strasburg, PA 17579, 717-687-8336

Large selection of fine furniture handcrafted by Amish and Mennonite artisans. Wide variety of desks, cabinets, chests, tables, chairs (including the popular glider rockers), and more. Plus, bird houses, rocking horses, wishing wells, mailboxes, Amish crafts, and gifts. Closed Sundays. Visit website.

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Things To Do in Intercourse · Intercourse Restaurants ·  Shops in Intercourse · Where to Stay in Intercourse

Other nearby areas that might also interest you include:

Bird-in-Hand · Paradise · Eastern Lancaster County

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  1. Robin Quinn says:

    I have been visiting the Intercourse, PA area for over the past 35 years with both my husband and my friends. I love the atmosphere, the people, and the shopping.
    The Intercourse area offers a variety of ways to enjoy your day, weekend or week. We look forward to enjoying many more years visiting there!


    I visited Intercourse, PA back in 2010 with my wife. We just loved it. We had a buggy ride in the vicinities. We got explanations about the Amish people. It was just unforgettable.

    Sandro P.
    Joinville = Brasil

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