Welcome to The Village of Bird-in-Hand, PA

A Distinctive Name. A Rich Tradition.

Legend credits the Village of Bird-in-Hand’s distinctive name to two men surveying the Colonial highway between the port of Philadelphia and Lancaster. At dusk in 1734, they found themselves at an inn by a Conestoga wagon stop. “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” suggested one surveyor, so they agreed to stay there for the night. The inn and the Village became known as Bird-in-Hand.

Today, the Village of Bird-in-Hand offers farm-fresh foods, hospitable lodging and entertainment from miniature golf and live stage shows to special events and hot air balloon rides over the rolling farmlands. For visitors to Lancaster County, Bird-in-Hand offers a relaxed Amish country experience and memories for a lifetime. Bird-in-Hand is one Lancaster County village you won’t want to miss!

Bird-in-Hand Village Map & Guide

Attractions

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US Hot Air Balloon Team

Balloon Rides Daily by U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team

2727 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(800) 763-5987
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Bird-in-hand Stage

Bird-in-Hand Stage

2760 #A Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 768-1568
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Bird-in-Hand Petting Zoo

230 N. Ronks Road
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 768-4653
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Village Petting Zoo

2727 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 768-8272
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Water’s Edge Mini Golf

230 N. Ronks Road
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 768-4653
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Dining

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Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Cafe

Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Cafe

2715 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
(717) 768-1501
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Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord

Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord

2760 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 768-1500
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Smokehouse BBQ & Brews

Smokehouse BBQ and Brews at Plain & Fancy Farm

3121 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 371-0201
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Lodging

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Amish Country Motel

Amish Country Motel

3013 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 768-8396
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Amish View Inn & Suites

3125 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(866) 735-1600
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Bird-in-Hand Family Inn

Bird-in-Hand Family Inn

2740 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 768-8271
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Bird-in-Hand Village Inn & Suites

Bird-in-Hand Village Inn & Suites

2695 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 768-1535
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Services

Bank of Bird-in-Hand

309 North Ronks Road
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 768-8811
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Bird-in-Hand Events Field

2727 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(across from Bird-in-Hand Family Inn)
(717) 768-1502 rentals
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Nate’s Automotive

239 Maple Avenue
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 393-1200
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Shopping

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Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market

2710 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 393-9674
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Creative Rustic Furniture

2709 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 224-3145 Email
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Fisher’s Handmade Quilts

2713-A Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 392-5440
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Kitchen Kettle Village

Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
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3529 Old Philadelphia Pike
Intercourse, PA
(800) 732-3538
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Labadie Looms

Labadie Looms

2572 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA
(717) 291-8911
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The Speckled Sheep

The Speckled Sheep

2707 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA
(717) 435-8359
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Aunt Ruthie’s Gourmet Coffee

Bird-in-Hand Farmer’s Market
2710 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 393-7785

Beiler’s Candy & Crafts

Bird-in-Hand Farmer’s Market
2710 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 293-8336
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Creative Home Shoppe

2710 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 393-15558
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Deerskin Leather

Bird-in-Hand Farmer’s Market
2710 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
and
3529 Old Philadelphia Pike
Intercourse, PA 17534
(717) 768-2778

Groff’s Candies

Bird-in-Hand Farmer’s Market
2710 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
and
3587 Blue Rock Road
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 872-2845
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Lapp’s Quilts & Crafts

Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market
2710 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 209-2022

Log Cabin Quilt Shop & Fabrics

2679 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 393-1702
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S. Clyde Weaver

Bird-in-Hand Farmer’s Market
2710 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 392-8070

Village Country Crafts

Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market
2710 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505
(717) 394-8282
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About

About the Village of Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania

The Village of Bird-in-Hand was first inhabited by Native Americans, until Europeans began moving into Quaker William Penn’s colony in the early 18th century. Penn’s “Holy Experiment” offered many persecuted groups a refuge to worship as they chose, and Swiss Mennonites were among the first to permanently settle in Lancaster County in 1710. The first Quakers arrived in 1715, building a brick meetinghouse in Bird-in-Hand in 1790 and replacing it in 1888 after a fire.

By the end of the 18th century, many Amish families joined other German-speaking denominations (German Lutheran, Reformed and Baptist) in the area. The “Pennsylvania Dutch” Amish emigrated from southern Germany and Switzerland. They were called “Dutch”, an anglicizing of “Deutsch”, the German word for “German”.

As early as the late 1700’s, the Underground Railroad ran through Bird-in-Hand. Its first “conductor” was James Gibbons, a Quaker who founded the oldest operating commercial mill on the west side of Bird-in-Hand. His son and wife continued the family’s anti-slavery efforts on their nearby farm, shepherding about 1,000 slaves through their “station”.

In 1938, Bird-in-Hand came into the spotlight when Nation Geographic discovered a young mother – today known as Grandma Smucker – in her Pennsylvania Dutch kitchen. Bird-in-Hand hit Broadway in 1956 when the “Plain and Fancy” musical opened and started the early boom of tourism in Lancaster County. Today, with a population of only 300, on any given day the Village of Bird-in-Hand welcomes more visitors than inhabitants.