Historic Rock Ford

Historic Rock Ford Historic Rock Ford consists of the 1794 Hand Mansion and the John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts. Historic Rock Ford was the home of General Edward Hand and his family as well as enslaved and free servants and laborers.
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During the American Revolution, Edward Hand was Adjutant General to George Washington. Today, Historic Rock Ford is comprised of 33 acres at the southeastern edge of Lancaster City surrounded by Lancaster County Central Park. It offers guided tours of the elegantly furnished rooms of the circa 1794 Hand Mansion as well as the opportunity to visit the John J. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decor

During the American Revolution, Edward Hand was Adjutant General to George Washington. Today, Historic Rock Ford is comprised of 33 acres at the southeastern edge of Lancaster City surrounded by Lancaster County Central Park. It offers guided tours of the elegantly furnished rooms of the circa 1794 Hand Mansion as well as the opportunity to visit the John J. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decor

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Our Kitchen Garden Committee has been busy! The Kitchen Garden is bursting with a bounty of vegetables and herbs. Please...
06/24/2021

Our Kitchen Garden Committee has been busy! The Kitchen Garden is bursting with a bounty of vegetables and herbs. Please be sure to visit the Kitchen Garden when you come to Historic Rock Ford!

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Our Kitchen Garden Committee has been busy! The Kitchen Garden is bursting with a bounty of vegetables and herbs. Please be sure to visit the Kitchen Garden when you come to Historic Rock Ford!

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Don't let a rainy day keep you away! It's warm and dry inside at Historic Rock Ford. Tickets remain for the 2 PM guided ...
06/11/2021

Don't let a rainy day keep you away! It's warm and dry inside at Historic Rock Ford. Tickets remain for the 2 PM guided tour of the General Edward Hand Mansion. Visitors can also view the new Snyder Gallery located on the 2nd floor of our 18th Century Barn either before or after their Mansion tour.

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Don't let a rainy day keep you away! It's warm and dry inside at Historic Rock Ford. Tickets remain for the 2 PM guided tour of the General Edward Hand Mansion. Visitors can also view the new Snyder Gallery located on the 2nd floor of our 18th Century Barn either before or after their Mansion tour.

rockford.yapsody.com

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Due to a morning rental on our grounds on Saturday, June 5, Historic Rock Ford will only have reservations available for...
06/03/2021

Due to a morning rental on our grounds on Saturday, June 5, Historic Rock Ford will only have reservations available for the 2 PM guided tour of the General Edward Hand Mansion. The John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery will be open from 1 PM to 3 PM to our visitors who have 2 PM mansion tour tickets. We apologize for any inconvenience to our visitors.

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Due to a morning rental on our grounds on Saturday, June 5, Historic Rock Ford will only have reservations available for the 2 PM guided tour of the General Edward Hand Mansion. The John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery will be open from 1 PM to 3 PM to our visitors who have 2 PM mansion tour tickets. We apologize for any inconvenience to our visitors.

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Honoring our Nation's heroes on Memorial Day 2021.Historic Rock Ford is closed on Mondays. We will reopen for tours tomo...
05/31/2021

Honoring our Nation's heroes on Memorial Day 2021.

Historic Rock Ford is closed on Mondays. We will reopen for tours tomorrow at 10 AM.

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Honoring our Nation's heroes on Memorial Day 2021.

Historic Rock Ford is closed on Mondays. We will reopen for tours tomorrow at 10 AM.

#historicrockford #americanhistory #memorialday2021 #onlyinlancasterpa #discoverylancaster

Recently engaged? Planning a wedding? See what Historic Rock Ford has to offer! Thanks for Rachel Ruhl Photography for t...
05/24/2021

Recently engaged? Planning a wedding? See what Historic Rock Ford has to offer!

Thanks for Rachel Ruhl Photography for this joyful photo taken at a recent wedding at our historic site.

https://historicrockford.org/wedding-rentals/

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Recently engaged? Planning a wedding? See what Historic Rock Ford has to offer!

Thanks for Rachel Ruhl Photography for this joyful photo taken at a recent wedding at our historic site.

https://historicrockford.org/wedding-rentals/

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Due to a wedding rental on the grounds today (Sunday, May 23), our last tour of the General Edward Hand Mansion will beg...
05/23/2021

Due to a wedding rental on the grounds today (Sunday, May 23), our last tour of the General Edward Hand Mansion will begin at 12 pm. Tickets may be purchased through rockford.yapsody.com.

Due to a wedding rental on the grounds today (Sunday, May 23), our last tour of the General Edward Hand Mansion will begin at 12 pm. Tickets may be purchased through rockford.yapsody.com.

We are delighted to now carry these two books, written by Henry Kauffman, in our Museum Shop located on the ground floor...
05/14/2021

We are delighted to now carry these two books, written by Henry Kauffman, in our Museum Shop located on the ground floor of the General Edward Hand Mansion and in the Welcome Center to the newly opened Snyder Gallery!

Are you planning a visit to Lancaster during the summer or fall months? Historic Rock Ford has its ticketing information...
05/06/2021

Are you planning a visit to Lancaster during the summer or fall months? Historic Rock Ford has its ticketing information posted for our entire 2021 season. Mansion tours are at 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Your timed entry ticket also includes a self-guided visit to our newly opened John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts. For complete details, please visit https://rockford.yapsody.com/

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Are you planning a visit to Lancaster during the summer or fall months? Historic Rock Ford has its ticketing information posted for our entire 2021 season. Mansion tours are at 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Your timed entry ticket also includes a self-guided visit to our newly opened John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts. For complete details, please visit https://rockford.yapsody.com/

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Thank you to photographer Katie MacDonald for sharing these beautiful from a recent wedding here at Historic Rock Ford! ...
05/05/2021

Thank you to photographer Katie MacDonald for sharing these beautiful from a recent wedding here at Historic Rock Ford!

Katie is also one of our member photographers whose annual membership support assists us in maintaining the beauty of the buildings and grounds at Historic Rock Ford.

Calling all history-lovers! Consider becoming an Historic Rock Ford House Guide. Historic Rock Ford is currently in need...
04/29/2021

Calling all history-lovers! Consider becoming an Historic Rock Ford House Guide.
Historic Rock Ford is currently in need of volunteers to give tours of the General Edward Hand Mansion. We welcome you to come and share your passion for the history and the material culture of the early American Republic with visitors to Historic Rock Ford.
https://historicrockford.org/volunteer/

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Calling all history-lovers! Consider becoming an Historic Rock Ford House Guide.
Historic Rock Ford is currently in need of volunteers to give tours of the General Edward Hand Mansion. We welcome you to come and share your passion for the history and the material culture of the early American Republic with visitors to Historic Rock Ford.
https://historicrockford.org/volunteer/

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Enjoy the beauty of nature during your visit to Historic Rock Ford! Explore our 33 acres including our meadow and kitche...
04/21/2021

Enjoy the beauty of nature during your visit to Historic Rock Ford! Explore our 33 acres including our meadow and kitchen garden during your visit.

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Enjoy the beauty of nature during your visit to Historic Rock Ford! Explore our 33 acres including our meadow and kitchen garden during your visit.

#historicrockford
@historicrockford
#onlyinlancasterpa
#discoverlancaster
#nature
#lancasterpa
#historichousemuseum
#gardens
#18thcentury

We love these handcrafted mugs newly created for our Museum Shop by local artisan Amy Burk Pottery. The beauty is in the...
04/15/2021

We love these handcrafted mugs newly created for our Museum Shop by local artisan Amy Burk Pottery. The beauty is in the details from the gorgeous glaze to the application of our new logo to the Lancaster City map on the bottom of the mug. Available only in our Museum Shop. $35 plus tax.

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We love these handcrafted mugs newly created for our Museum Shop by local artisan Amy Burk Pottery. The beauty is in the details from the gorgeous glaze to the application of our new logo to the Lancaster City map on the bottom of the mug. Available only in our Museum Shop. $35 plus tax.

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Historic Rock Ford is now open for its 2021 tour season! Tickets must be purchased through Yapsody. Your admission ticke...
04/13/2021

Historic Rock Ford is now open for its 2021 tour season! Tickets must be purchased through Yapsody. Your admission ticket includes your timed guided tour of the General Edward Hand Mansion and the opportunity to visit the newly opened John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts located on the second floor of our 18th Century bank barn. We look forward to welcoming you to Historic Rock Ford!
https://rockford.yapsody.com/

Historic Rock Ford is now open for its 2021 tour season! Tickets must be purchased through Yapsody. Your admission ticket includes your timed guided tour of the General Edward Hand Mansion and the opportunity to visit the newly opened John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts located on the second floor of our 18th Century bank barn. We look forward to welcoming you to Historic Rock Ford!
https://rockford.yapsody.com/

This segment, aired on Fox 43 News, offers "Three Reasons to Visit Lancaster County," and includes a sneak preview of th...
04/09/2021
Three reasons to visit Lancaster County | Travel Smart

This segment, aired on Fox 43 News, offers "Three Reasons to Visit Lancaster County," and includes a sneak preview of the John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts.

https://www.fox43.com/article/news/local/travel-to-lancaster-county-pennsylvania/521-c55a1684-0828-49ae-b629-01aba2c6763b

There are more than a few reasons to travel to Lancaster County this spring, but Joel Cliff from Discover Lancaster gave us three to focus on.

Happy Easter from everyone at Historic Rock Ford! #historicrockford#historichousemuseum#onlyinlancasterpa#discoverlancas...
04/04/2021

Happy Easter from everyone at Historic Rock Ford!

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Happy Easter from everyone at Historic Rock Ford!

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Thanks to Frommer's for this recent blog post about the soon-to-be-opened Snyder Gallery at Historic Rock Ford! https://...
03/23/2021

Thanks to Frommer's for this recent blog post about the soon-to-be-opened Snyder Gallery at Historic Rock Ford!

https://www.frommers.com/blogs/passportable/blog_posts/classic-cars-and-fine-craftsmanship-pennsylvania-s-new-attractions-for-spring

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Thanks to Frommer's for this recent blog post about the soon-to-be-opened Snyder Gallery at Historic Rock Ford!

https://www.frommers.com/blogs/passportable/blog_posts/classic-cars-and-fine-craftsmanship-pennsylvania-s-new-attractions-for-spring

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Historic Rock Ford opens for its tour season on April 13. We hope that you are excited to join us for the opening of the...
03/19/2021

Historic Rock Ford opens for its tour season on April 13. We hope that you are excited to join us for the opening of the new John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts on the second floor of our reconstructed 18th century bank barn. Admission and ticketing information for April and May may be found at rockford.yapsody.com.

Historic Rock Ford opens for its tour season on April 13. We hope that you are excited to join us for the opening of the new John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts on the second floor of our reconstructed 18th century bank barn. Admission and ticketing information for April and May may be found at rockford.yapsody.com.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day from Historic Rock Ford, the home of Edward Hand, born in Clyduff, King's County, in 1744!#his...
03/17/2021

Happy Saint Patrick's Day from Historic Rock Ford, the home of Edward Hand, born in Clyduff, King's County, in 1744!

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Happy Saint Patrick's Day from Historic Rock Ford, the home of Edward Hand, born in Clyduff, King's County, in 1744!

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The sun is shining, the snow is melting and the deer are enjoying the grounds at Historic Rock Ford. Spring is on the wa...
03/03/2021

The sun is shining, the snow is melting and the deer are enjoying the grounds at Historic Rock Ford. Spring is on the way, and we hope to see you when we reopen for tours on April 13!

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The sun is shining, the snow is melting and the deer are enjoying the grounds at Historic Rock Ford. Spring is on the way, and we hope to see you when we reopen for tours on April 13!

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#historicrockford
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The snow is falling here today in Lancaster County, but Spring and our 2021 tour season are only a few weeks away! Histo...
02/22/2021

The snow is falling here today in Lancaster County, but Spring and our 2021 tour season are only a few weeks away! Historic Rock Ford opens on Tuesday, April 13. If you are planning to visit in April, tickets may be purchased through rockford.yapsody.com.

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The snow is falling here today in Lancaster County, but Spring and our 2021 tour season are only a few weeks away! Historic Rock Ford opens on Tuesday, April 13. If you are planning to visit in April, tickets may be purchased through rockford.yapsody.com.

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Tuesday, April 13 will be the Opening Day of Historic Rock Ford's 2021 tour season! Ticketing information will be posted...
01/20/2021

Tuesday, April 13 will be the Opening Day of Historic Rock Ford's 2021 tour season! Ticketing information will be posted closer to our opening. We look forward to seeing you!

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Let us raise a glass to say farewell to 2020! Happy New Year from Historic Rock Ford! #historicrockford#newyear2021#disc...
01/01/2021

Let us raise a glass to say farewell to 2020! Happy New Year from Historic Rock Ford!

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Happy Birthday to Edward Hand, born on this day in Clyduff, King's County, Ireland in 1744! #historicrockford#edwardhand...
12/31/2020

Happy Birthday to Edward Hand, born on this day in Clyduff, King's County, Ireland in 1744!

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Seasons Greetings from All of Us at Historic Rock Ford!#historichousemuseum#onlyinlancasterpa#discoverlancaster#historic...
12/25/2020

Seasons Greetings from All of Us at Historic Rock Ford!

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12/22/2020

Historic Rock Ford's cover photo

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving from the Staff and Volunteers at Historic Rock Ford!#thanksgiving2020#historichous...
11/26/2020

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving from the Staff and Volunteers at Historic Rock Ford!

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For the health and safety of our volunteers and visitors, the Rock Ford Foundation Board of Trustees has made the decisi...
11/20/2020

For the health and safety of our volunteers and visitors, the Rock Ford Foundation Board of Trustees has made the decision to cancel our "Silent Night" event. We look forward to holding this event next year when it is safer to do so!

Historic Rock Ford is excited to be a part of #ExtraGive! You can support our campaign by visiting https://www.extragive...
11/17/2020

Historic Rock Ford is excited to be a part of #ExtraGive! You can support our campaign by visiting https://www.extragive.org and donating on November 20th. #ExtraGive

Historic Rock Ford's tour season ends on Sunday, November 22! If you wish to visit with us during our final week of regu...
11/12/2020

Historic Rock Ford's tour season ends on Sunday, November 22! If you wish to visit with us during our final week of regular tours, please visit www.rockford.yapsody.com.

Information regarding our new December special event will be posted soon!

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11/09/2020

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Mark your calendar: Historic Rock Ford is participating in this year's Extraordinary Give! We appreciate your generous s...
11/06/2020

Mark your calendar: Historic Rock Ford is participating in this year's Extraordinary Give! We appreciate your generous support during this amazing day of giving in Lancaster County.

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881 Rockford Rd
Lancaster, PA
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Wednesday 10am - 3pm
Thursday 10am - 3pm
Friday 10am - 3pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm
Sunday 10am - 3pm

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Historic Rock Ford was the home of Edward Hand and his family as well as enslaved and free servants and laborers. Edward Hand was Adjutant General to George Washington during the American Revolution. Today, Historic Rock Ford is comprised of 33 acres at the southeastern edge of Lancaster City surrounded by Lancaster County Central Park. The mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places and is recorded in the Historic American Building Survey. Historic Rock Ford is widely considered to be one of the most important examples of Georgian domestic architecture surviving in Pennsylvania and the most intact building predating 1800 in Lancaster County. The mansion’s elegant rooms are furnished with an outstanding collection of period furnishings and decorative arts.

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I'm a descendant of Edward Hand. I recently found this old family photograph from 1894 in Huntington, West Virginia. Proctor & Tully were in business there only a short time, and that's how I arrived at the date. No one knows who she is, and I wondered if anyone there recognizes her. Thank you.
See the Mansion like you’ve never seen it before! Rock Ford in collaboration with the Lancaster Marionette Theatre presents: "Marionettes in the Mansion" https://rockford.yapsody.com/…/3387…/celebrate-twelfth-night Doors open thirty minutes prior to curtain: When you enter the mansion, your coats will be checked at the General’s Office. Then, head down to the Gift Shop for some light refreshments (wine & a colonial beverage called “shrub”). At curtain time you'll be invited into the kitchen and the performance will begin... The audience will be led through several rooms being entertained and educated with marionettes crated by Robert Brock, Artistic Director of the Lancaster Marionette Theatre. He will be joined by Rock Ford Director Sam Slaymaker and Curator Sarah Alberico. The Un-Restored Room has been turned into a small, intimate theatre, where a musical r***e will be presented that goes from Mozart to the Beatles and from Rap to Broadway. Marionettes in the Mansion celebrates Dr. Gen. Edward Hand’s birthday and the anniversary of the Battle of Trenton and Princeton in which Gen. Hand saved the day and perhaps changed the course of our Independence. This isn’t a history lesson, but you’ll learn a lot, be entertained, have a laugh and shed a tear. To celebrate 12th Night (the end of Yuletide and the 12 days of Christmas) you will be treated with a take home tasty colonial Queen's Cake. You may also visit the Gift Shop on your way out. This performance takes place on three separate floors, patrons moving via staircase.
This is the place I was talking about re: wedding next year.
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