Explor the Village of Intercourse, PA
Downtown Intercourse, PA

In the heart of one of the nation's richest agricultural districts lies a little village whose history is a unique as its name - Intercourse. It's a magical place surrounded by green, rolling Amish farmlands and covered bridges, a place where time stands still and you can hear the rhythmic clip-clop of the horse and buggies traveling down Main Street. Strolling through our little piece of paradise, you will feel at home.

What's In A Name?

There is much speculation about how the name came to be, but here are a few theories that seem the most credible:


The first theory stems from an old race track which existed just east of town many years ago. The eastern end of town was the entrance to this course, which became known as "enter course." Through the evolution of words, "enter course" became "intercourse."


The second theory concerns two famous roads that crossed in this little village - Old King's Highway (now Old Philadelphia Pike) running East to West and Newport Road, coming from the Southeast and crossing Old Philadelphia Pike in front of Cross Keys Hotel. The joining of these two roads is claimed by some to be the origin of the village's name.


The last theory is more literal. "In the written annals of early days, the word "intercourse" had a common usage referring to that pleasant mutual fellowship and frequent social intermingling which was so much more common in the informal atmosphere of the quiet country villages of that day."

As a guest in our lovely village, you decide which story you like best.