Situated along an AAA scenic byway stretch of Route 340, the town of Bird-in-Hand began its history as a place where famers met to converse and do business. The village was established in the 1700s, and at that time it served as a rest stop for travelers heading west. It was during this time that Bird-in-Hand earned its unique name. Inns were identified by painted signs (completed by a long-forgotten artist) since pictures could be understood by all travelers, no matter their nationality or education level. The 18th century inn sign that inspired this town's name literally depicted a man with a bird in his hand.
Today, Bird-in-Hand remains a meeting place for farmers and locals, and they are joined by visitors passing through the area to experience the village's rich traditions. The village offers the flavor of Pennsylvania Dutch culture and history via its restaurants, bakeries, quaint local shops and old-fashioned farmers' market packed with fresh foods, handmade crafts and homegrown produce. In fact, this market resulted in Bird-in-Hand being designated a "market town."
Right in Bird-in-Hand's backyard is picturesque sprawling countryside dotted with neighboring Amish farms. Learn more about this way of life via Amish attractions such as buggy rides, homesteads and more.
- Bird-in-Hand HomeTowne Heritage Days, late June
Bird-in-Hand Village: 717-768-8271 or www.bird-in-hand.com
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