Scenic USA - Pennsylvania

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Bird-in-Hand - Pennsylvania

Photo by Ben Prepelka

     The town of Bird-in-Hand grew along Old Philadelphia Pike. The route, known as the gateway to the west, was heavily used by stagecoaches and freight wagons. It wasn't long before inns sprouted up along the highway. Often times, Pennsylvania's immigrant travelers, unable to read English, were aided with unique pictograph signs. As towns grew, the local inn's name slowly transferred to become the name of the community. The name, Bird-in-Hand, most likely evolved from the Bird-in-Hand Inn. Their hand painted sign, fashioned by Benjamin Elmer Leaman, included a bird nestled in the human hand, hoping to show comfort and hospitality.
      Today, Bird-in-Hand still offers hospitality to its guests and visitors. This local shop is dressed for the autumn season and displays a genuine glimpse of its historic past.



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