The friendly town of Intercourse, tucked into Amish countryside at the junction of Routes 340 and 772, was historically known as a destination where locals, Amish farmers and craftsmen conducted business and socialized. Founded in 1754, the town was originally named after an old tavern, the Cross Keys, and did not become known as Intercourse until 1814.
Much speculation went into the origin of the town's name, but none of the claims have been validated. It's possible the town was named after an old race track on Old Philadelphia Pike called Entercourse, which later evolved into Intercourse. Another theory pertains of the use of language in the early days of the village, in which the term "intercourse" was commonly used to describe fellowship, social interaction and support - the same values on which the town is still based today.
Intercourse remains a place where locals, visitors and Amish farmers meet and socialize. It offers a glimpse into the traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch with its cultural experiences, shops, homemade goods and family-friendly events. Just a few miles from Route 30 and its sister villages of Bird-in-Hand and Strasburg, Intercourse is fondly dubbed a "foodie town" for its culinary attractions and is part of the Country Towns Mural Trail.
Intercourse Merchants Association
Where To Shop
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
Kling House Restaurant|
The Kling House Restaurant offers Lancaster County food that uses Kitchen Kettle Village products to make a uniquely flavorful breakfast or lunch.
Where To Stay
Verdant View Farm Bed & Breakfast|
Enjoy the warmth and charm of an 1896 farmhouse. A tour of our dairy farm and a hearty full farm breakfast are part of your stay.
What To Do
Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
Largest Pennsylvania Dutch Living History Farm & Village in the country, interpreting German Heritage from 1740-1940, including tours and traditional craft demonstrations.