Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania                                                                                  Back to Amish Towns

Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania

Having a large Mennonite and Amish population, Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania has a total community of about 300 people.  
Originally inhabited by Native American tribes, the first settlers of the Amish town, Bird-In-Hand, were Quakers and

Swiss Mennonites.  Officially founded in 1734, the name was coined from the old phrase, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the
bush," being given to the town by two road surveyors.
 

Bird-In-Hand was unknown by many until the Amish town was chosen as
the setting for a Broadway musical entitled, "Plain and Fancy."  Many believe this play from 1955 began tourism of Pennsylvania's
Lancaster County Amish country.
 Below is a video of an Amish Market filmed in Bird-In-Hand: