This village, which dates to 1734, remains a center for the Pennsylvania Dutch farming community. Its name, according to local lore, is attributed to two road surveyors, who had to decide whether to remain where they were or travel to Lancaster. They decided to stay, the story goes, when one said, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." An early tavern began to be known as the Bird-in-Hand Inn and the name stuck.
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