Where in the World is… In­ter­course

In­ter­course: (pop­u­la­tion of 1,274 as of a 2010 cen­sus) is an un­in­cor­po­rated vil­lage and cen­sus-des­ig­nated place in Lea­cock Town­ship, Lan­caster County in the U.S. state of Penn­syl­va­nia, 10 miles (16 km) east of Lan­caster on Penn­syl­va­nia Route 340.

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In­ter­course is a pop­u­lar site for tourists be­cause of its lo­ca­tion in “Amish coun­try” and, ob­vi­ously, its sex­u­ally sug­ges­tive name. The movie Wit­ness was filmed in In­ter­course as well as other parts of the sur­round­ing area, and For Richer or Poorer was set there, though not filmed in In­ter­course. Be­cause of the town’s un­usual name, the sign­posts for the town are fre­quently targetted by thieves.

Tourism and farm­ing are ma­jor in­dus­tries in the area. Small busi­nesses sell Amish crafts, food and give horse and buggy rides. The town thrives on thou­sands of tourists who visit the re­gion each year and most of the land sur­round­ing the town is farm­land.

In­ter­course was founded in 1754. The com­mu­nity was orig­i­nally named Cross Keys, af­ter a lo­cal tav­ern. In­ter­course be­came the name in 1814. The Old King’s high­way from Philadel­phia to Pitts­burgh (now the Old Philadel­phia Pike) ran east and west through the cen­tre of the town. The road from Wilmington to Erie in­ter­sected in the mid­dle. The join­ing of these two roads is claimed by some to be the ba­sis for the town ‘Cross Keys’ or even­tu­ally ‘In­ter­course’.

An­other the­ory con­cerns the use of lan­guage dur­ing the early days of the vil­lage. The word ‘In­ter­course’ was com­monly used to de­scribe the ‘fel­low­ship’ and ‘so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and sup­port’ shared in the com­mu­nity of faith, which was very much a part of a ru­ral vil­lage like this one. The vil­lage’s name is often the sub­ject of jokes re­lat­ing to sex­ual in­ter­course.

Along with that of Blue Ball, Penn­syl­va­nia, the pub­lish­ers of Eros Mag­a­zine sought mail­ing priv­i­leges from the post­mas­ters of the town. In­ter­course and Blue Ball are often named in lists of “de­light­fully-named towns” in Penn­syl­va­nia Dutch­land, along with Gap, Fer­til­ity, Mount Joy, Li­titz, Bare­ville, Bird-in-Hand and Par­adise.

A gag on The Cleve­land Show imag­ined the town as the lo­ca­tion for a spin-off show cen­tred on the li­bidi­nous Glenn Quag­mire

The Bri­tish mo­tor­ing show, Top Gear, fea­tured the town’s sign while pass­ing through Penn­syl­va­nia in a race to New York City dur­ing the show’s six­teenth se­ries.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show had a ‘What’s Wrong with These Pho­tos?’ pic­ture of a ‘Wel­come to In­ter­course’ sign for the sub­ject

Kay Lenz’s tit­u­lar char­ac­ter in the 1973 film Breezy re­veals that she is from In­ter­course. “I’ve heard all the jokes,” she tells Wil­liam Holden’s char­ac­ter, “and you have to pass through Faith­ful to get there.”

It was also men­tioned in The Simp­sons episode “The Old Man and the ‘C’ Stu­dent” where it was re­vealed that Su­per­in­ten­dent Chalmers lived there .

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