Intercourse, PA – An Amish Country Treasure

Welcome to the Village of Intercourse, Pennsylvania

Many people consider Intercourse, PA to be the heart of the Amish Country in Lancaster County. Intercourse (formerly known as “Cross Keys”) is a hub where many Amish and local folks do their business. Beautiful Amish farms surround the village, which help make it one of the top tourist destinations for visitors to Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

Intercourse, PennsylvaniaWhere is Intercourse, PA? It’s located along 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. Intercourse is roughly 10 miles east of downtown Lancaster, PA (depending on traffic, it’s a 20 minute drive). Intercourse, PA is only 50 miles west of Philadelphia (depending on traffic, it’s about a 1hr 15min drive from Philly).

The village is a reminder of our traditional American heritage and of a simpler way of life.

Take a walk around this small country town and you’ll discover intriguing specialty shops, museums, art galleries, other attractions, and local restaurants.

And there are many more shops and attractions in Lancaster County.

A Center of Amish Activity

Amish buggy in Intercourse, PAOne of the biggest attractions of Intercourse is the Amish people themselves. Intercourse is a center where many Amish come to shop, bank, and conduct their business. And many of the shops in town sell Amish quilts, furniture, and other Amish products that have been handmade by their Amish neighbors.

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

How Intercourse, PA 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 be fully substantiated:

The first centers on 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 is based on the fact that two major roads crossed here: Old King’s Highway, which ran from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh (now called the Old Philadelphia Pike, route 340), and the road from Wilmington, Delaware to Erie, Pennsylvania. The intersection of these roads was thought to be the basis for calling the town “Cross Keys”, or, eventually, “Intercourse”.

A final idea comes from English used in the early 1800’s. The word “intercourse” would have been a reference to the fellowship, social interaction and friendship that was so much a part of the culture in an agricultural village. These roots mark the community of faith to this day, still experienced by those who care to dig a bit more deeply while visiting the area.

Come & Enjoy Your Visit to Intercourse, PA

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. You can even stay overnight in Intercourse, PA. Enjoy your visit!

Don’t Miss These Popular Intercourse, PA Points of Interest:

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. www.TheOldCountryStore.com

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.


Learn more about Intercourse, PA -

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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Comments

  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!

  2. SANDRO ROBERTO PSCHEIDT says:

    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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