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Thread: Wonderful Quilt Shop in Intercourse, PA

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    Quote Originally Posted by callen View Post
    Maybe it's just me & I may have a "sick" mind but INTERCOURSE, PA - are you kidding? Could they not find a more appropriate name than that for their City???
    Please turn your mind to pure and honest thinking. It used to be when one was talking to another, there were interacting, thus they were having intercourse with one another. Many books written in the time period of when this town was named used the word intercourse in this way. I've lived in PA all my life and we occasionally use the towns in that area as the butt of our jokes, but we really don't take our jokes seriously. I would take the town of Whiskey Run more seriously. It was a town of bootlegging during the prohibition that was inhabited by the mob. Intercourse is in the midst of the Amish! I'll let you do your own research about them.

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    Intercourse was founded in 1754. The community was originally named Cross Keys, after a local tavern. Intercourse became the name in 1814. The village website gives several theories for the origins of the name.
    "Another theory concerns two famous roads that crossed here. The Old King's highway from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh (now the Old Philadelphia Pike) ran east and west through the center 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'.[1] A final idea comes from 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 much a part of a rural village like this one."[1]

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertNurse41 View Post
    I live in the general area of this store. the names of the towns always make people snicker!! lol Other towns near by are: Blue Ball, Paradise, Bird In Hand, just to name a few....lol
    These people must really have a great sense of humour - the closest to strange that I can think of nearby where I live is Larder Lake & that's pretty boring compared to Intercourse. No offense to anyone living there but it is a strange choice & to add to that I am told it is Amish country !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellen View Post
    Don't forget Climax....
    Now, that is too funny !!! How times have changed - thank goodness. One has to wonder when you see some of the new entries in today's dictionaries.
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    If you read a little history how the name came about, you will understand the name, its interesting

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