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." It's also part of the Country Murals Trail, along with its sister village of Intercourse.
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 Village: 717-768-8271 or www.bird-in-hand.com
Where To Stay
Bird-in-Hand Village Inn & Suites|
This historic Inn, built in 1734, offers uniquely decorated guest rooms complete with period furnishings.
What To Do
Kitchen Kettle Village|
Village of 42 country shops and restaurants built around our nationally celebrated Jam & Relish Kitchen. Don't miss our fun food festivals celebrating everything from rhubarb to tailgating!
Where To Eat
Fisher's Bakery & Roadside Stand|
You will enjoy your visit at our Amish owned roadside stand.
Where To Shop
Busy Bee's Farm Market
Amish Farm roadside market offering “field to table” fruits and vegetables.