50 Years of Smucker Family Hospitality

Our Smucker Family’s successful experiment with hospitality began in 1968 when we built a motel in the pasture of our Bird-in-Hand farm. Guests soon found our 30-room Bird-in-Hand Motor Inn along the historic Old Philadelphia Pike where they enjoyed wide-open spaces and views of farming country. Two years later we opened the Bird-in-Hand Motor Inn Restaurant next to the motel to offer Pennsylvania Dutch foods that were, according to our slogan in 1970, “Home Cooking at its Best!”

Discover the Bird-in-Hand Story

Follow our Smucker Family’s journey from Switzerland to Bird-in-Hand and the development of our hospitality businesses in The Bird-in-Hand Story: 50 Years of Smucker Family Hospitality. This 138-page hardcover book is available now and is full of pictures and interesting anecdotes about life on the farm and the adventures of running motels and restaurants in Lancaster County, PA that enhance the lives of our Guests.
Get your copy now.

We’re Having a Photo Contest!

Bird-in-Hand is a place to make the memories of a lifetime. We want you to share your Bird-in-Hand memories with us. Send in your favorite picture taken in Bird-in-Hand in the last 50 years. It could be memories with family or a beautiful landscape, candid or artistic. Whatever reminds you of good times in Amish Country.
Post your favorite pictures to our Facebook page with the hashtag #BIH50.
On September 1, we will choose our top five pictures, and repost them. The picture with the most likes by September 14 wins. The winner will receive:

We look forward to sharing your memories.

Celebrate our 50th In Style!

Check out our online store for our signature 50th Anniversary merchandise, including apparel, mugs, cutting boards and the book “The Bird-in-Hand Story”, which tells of the story of the Smucker Family and how they’ve shared their land and way of life to thousands of visitors to the Village of Bird-in-Hand.

To see all of our 50th Anniversary merchandise, click here.


How We Became the Bird-in-Hand Family of Properties

This first video in our series highlighting the company’s last 50 years gives an introduction to how we built up our Bird-in-Hand Family of Properties.


Meet some of the People Who Made the Bird-in-Hand Family of Properties

Our video series continues, highlighting the history of the people who formed the foundation of the Bird-in-Hand Family of Properties.


A Little Bird-in-Hand History

We continue our 50th Anniversary video series with a look at Bird-in-Hand town history.


Events in Bird-in-Hand

Over the last 50 years of business, Bird-in-Hand has become a place with lots of fun events that make the memories of a lifetime. We continue our 50th anniversary video series by celebrating some of those events.


Then & Now

Life has changed a lot in the last 50 years. Let’s take a look at 1968 versus 2018.

Our yearlong celebration features a display of artifacts and a historical timeline in the lobby of our family restaurant & smorgasbord. A community hymn sing and ice cream social, original menu items, a limited edition shoofly pie artisan ice cream, a 50th anniversary cookbook, and collectibles are all a part of commemorating our special year.

Check out our 50th Anniversary menu, a nostalgic nod to our original menu design from 1968

Learn More of Our History