Connect With Our Past

It started back in the days when the Conestoga wagoners pulled up their teams in front of a tavern sign that showed a man with a bird perched in his hand – and it continues today.

How did Bird-in-Hand get its name? Legend credits the Village of Bird-in-Hand’s 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. A crude log hut built by William McNabb, the inn became known as “The Bird-in-Hand,” and the village had a name. The Bird-in-Hand Village Inn & Suites stands on the site of the original tavern. Our logo is a nod to that painted sign, which made them easy to find for weary travelers of all nationalities.

The Smucker family has hosted and fed travelers in this part of Lancaster County for many generations. The Bird-in-Hand Family Inn is located on part of the Smucker family homestead, which has been in the family since 1911. Today, John Smucker oversees the operations of the Bird-in-Hand family of companies. Our roots in the community run deep, and we would be honored to have you as our Guest and share our village with you.

in 2018, the Bird-in-Hand Family of Properties is celebrating its 50th Anniversary! For events and information, click here.

Welcome from John Smucker