A History of the Inn & Spa at Intercourse Village

We’re fortunate to steward this 1909 home, built for Mennonites John and Mary Leaman by Samuel Futer, who also constructed the first bank in Intercourse. That structure now houses the American Military Edged Weapons Museum. While two generations of Zimmermans, descendants of the original owners, held the property until 1993, we know it was rented for a time to a physician, Dr. Johnson, and two dentists, Dr. Robert Chain and Dr. Appleyard, all of whom served the local Amish community.

The stately brick building with its columned front porch first became an inn 25 years ago, after Elmer H. Thomas and his wife, Ruth Ann, purchased the property at auction. Their vision: restore the structure to its Victorian-era elegance and introduce the first bed and breakfast in the Village of Intercourse. Every room was designed and furnished to reflect the original time period yet updated for guests’ comfort. Main house rooms, including the grand Thomas Suite, were named to honor those who’d left their mark on the property over the years. Take time during your stay to admire the inn’s well-preserved chestnut woodwork: an original feature installed before the American chestnut was essentially wiped out by blight.

The Thomases also made additions that are still cherished by our guests, beginning with three new lodging buildings. In 2002, they reimagined the rear of the property as a Wedding Garden, complete with a gazebo, fountain, and outdoor sound system. The first wedding took place in June of that same year. In 2005, they renamed their B&B the Inn & Spa at Intercourse Village after a spa—the first of its kind in this small town—became the newest amenity.

Chef and long-time hospitality professional Carl Kosko is proud to continue the tradition of warmly welcoming visitors while supporting the Lancaster County community. As owner since February of 2021, he has elevated the inn’s culinary program and expanded its focus on relaxation and wellness. Kosko got his start in the industry in 1986 as assistant to the chef at the Yankee Clipper Inn in New England, and he previously owned the Harvest Moon Bed & Breakfast in New Holland, Pennsylvania.

The Inn & Spa at Intercourse Village is now the region’s upscale place to unplug. You’ll experience thoroughly modern service here, yet you’ll also be reminded of simpler times and the joys of conversation, homecooked breakfasts and focusing on each other, instead of your cell phones.