50 Years of Smucker Family Hospiality

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!”

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 will be available this summer and is full of pictures and interesting anecdotes about life on the farm and the adventures of running motels and restaurants that enhance the lives of our Guests.

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.


Our yearlong celebration features a display of artifacts and a historical timeline in the lobby of our 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.

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