Rock Ford Plantation

Rock Ford Plantation Rock Ford Plantation, the home of Revolutionary War General Edward Hand, stands near the Conestoga River, approximately 1 mile south of Lancaster City. Open for guided tours April - October.
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Rock Ford Plantation is the preserved 18th Century home of Edward Hand who served as Adjutant General to George Washington during the American Revolution. Today, 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. 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. Rock Ford offers visitors an authentic example of refined country living as it existed during the early years of the Republic.

Rock Ford is thrilled to announce that all remaining performances of "The Matchmaker" are now sold out! Thank you for th...
11/07/2019

Rock Ford is thrilled to announce that all remaining performances of "The Matchmaker" are now sold out! Thank you for the tremendous response to this original production at Rock Ford in collaboration with Theater of the Seventh Sister.

Only 2 tickets remain for "The Matchmaker" for the 8 pm performance on Thursday, November 21! All other performance date...
11/06/2019

Only 2 tickets remain for "The Matchmaker" for the 8 pm performance on Thursday, November 21! All other performance dates and times are sold out. rockford.yapsody.com

An update on "The Matchmaker" at Rock Ford: The only performance times with tickets remaining are Thursday, November 21 ...
11/03/2019

An update on "The Matchmaker" at Rock Ford: The only performance times with tickets remaining are Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 pm (1 ticket) and 8:00 pm (10 tickets). All other performance times are now SOLD OUT!

Thank you for the tremendous response to this original production at Rock Ford in collaboration with Theater of the Seventh Sister.

Rock Ford would like to extend a heartfelt "Break a leg!" to the amazing cast of "The Matchmaker" which opens this eveni...
11/01/2019

Rock Ford would like to extend a heartfelt "Break a leg!" to the amazing cast of "The Matchmaker" which opens this evening.

Limited tickets remain at rockford.yapsody.com.

Thank you for the tremendous response to this original theatrical production at Rock Ford presented in collaboration with Theater of the Seventh Sister.

Rock Ford is now closed for its 2019 regular tour season. Thank you to everyone who visited with us this year!Please kee...
10/31/2019

Rock Ford is now closed for its 2019 regular tour season. Thank you to everyone who visited with us this year!

Please keep posted for information on our upcoming events including the Colonial Christmas children's event and our annual Yuletide tours.

Miss Harriett Smith and Miss Emma Woodhouse are delighted to announce that we have additional sold out performances for ...
10/31/2019

Miss Harriett Smith and Miss Emma Woodhouse are delighted to announce that we have additional sold out performances for "The Matchmaker" at Rock Ford!

The following performances are now sold: November 1 at 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm; November 7 at 6:30 pm, November 14 at 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm, November 15 at 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm; and November 22 at 7:00 pm.

The following performances have only ticket remaining: November 7 at 8:00 pm; November 8 at 7:00 pm; and November 8 at 8:30 pm.

Tickets are going fast for the final performances on November 21 and 22! Reserve today at rockford.yapsody.com.

The Opening Night performances of "The Matchmaker" on Friday, November 1 are sold out! The following performance times a...
10/28/2019

The Opening Night performances of "The Matchmaker" on Friday, November 1 are sold out!

The following performance times are also sold out: November 7 at 6:30 pm; November 14 at 8:00 pm; and both performances on November 15.

The following performance times have only one ticket remaining: November 7 at 8:00 pm; November 8 at 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm; and November 14 at 6:30 PM.

The performances on November 21 and 22 still have good availability, but performances are filling up quickly. Reserve your tickets today at rockford.yapsody.com.

Look for news on Katherine Hand's dress coming home to Rock Ford in the December 2019 issue of "Early American Life!"
10/23/2019

Look for news on Katherine Hand's dress coming home to Rock Ford in the December 2019 issue of "Early American Life!"

The following performance times for "The Matchmaker" are now sold out: Friday, November 1 at 7 PM; Thursday, November 7 ...
10/21/2019

The following performance times for "The Matchmaker" are now sold out: Friday, November 1 at 7 PM; Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 PM; Friday, November 8 at 7 PM; and Friday, November 15 at 7 PM. Several performance times have limited tickets remaining. All performances are limited to 20 guests.

Order your tickets today at rockford.yapsody.com.

Rock Ford and Theater of the Seventh Sister are delighted to announce that more than half of all available tickets for "...
10/17/2019

Rock Ford and Theater of the Seventh Sister are delighted to announce that more than half of all available tickets for "The Matchmaker" are now sold and three performance times are now sold out! Have you reserved your tickets yet? rockford.yapsody.com

Rock Ford's original production of "The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from 'Emma' by Jane Austen" will be opening on Friday, ...
10/16/2019

Rock Ford's original production of "The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from 'Emma' by Jane Austen" will be opening on Friday, November 1. For tickets, please visit rockford.yapsody.com.

INTRODUCING OUR CAST: Thomas G. Englert as Mr. Woodhouse

Thomas G. Englert is a long-term volunteer at four historic non-profits in Lancaster City. He is retired after 40 years as an elementary school teacher. Tom also serves as a Board member to three non-profit organizations. Tom spends his time portraying famous Lancastrians of the past: Thaddeus Stevens, John Frederick Steinman, President James Buchanan, and many others. Tom was also part of the cast of “Sleepy Hollow: The Legend Comes to Rock Ford” which ran for six years as a seasonal production at Rock Ford.

The 7 pm performances of "The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from 'Emma' by Jane Austen" on Friday, November 1 (Opening Night)...
10/16/2019

The 7 pm performances of "The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from 'Emma' by Jane Austen" on Friday, November 1 (Opening Night), November 8 and 15 are now sold out!

Avoid disappointment and reserve your tickets today at rockford.yapsody.com.

Rock Ford's original production of "The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from 'Emma' by Jane Austen" will be opening on Friday, ...
10/15/2019

Rock Ford's original production of "The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from 'Emma' by Jane Austen" will be opening on Friday, November 1. For tickets, please visit rockford.yapsody.com.

INTRODUCING OUR CAST: Cynthia Charles as The Hostess/Jane Austen

Cynthia, as Executive Director of Theater of the Seventh Sister, is pleased to collaborate with Rock Ford on this project. Cynthia has been an actor, director, teaching artist and vocalist for many years here in Lancaster and in the tri-state area. Recently, she played Danny in "20th Century Blues" and a Golden Ghoul in "The Shivers" for Theater of the Seventh Sister, was in "Divorce Southern Style," :In Laws, Out Laws," "Christmas in Paradise," and "Getting Momma Married" for Rainbow Comedy Playhouse. She has also acted, done improv, composed, sang, danced and taught for the Fulton Theater Company, Shakespeare in Long’s Park, Mt. Gretna Playhouse, and Comotion, among others, and won the 2016 Broadway World Central PA Best Actress in a Play award for her role as Masha in "Vanya Sonia Masha & Spike" for EPAC.

Rock Ford's original production of "The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from 'Emma' by Jane Austen" will be opening on Friday, ...
10/13/2019

Rock Ford's original production of "The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from 'Emma' by Jane Austen" will be opening on Friday, November 1. For tickets, please visit rockford.yapsody.com.

INTRODUCING OUR CAST:Tyler Rossi as Mr. Elton

Tyler is an actor/playwright and is a recent graduate from Elizabethtown College’s Theatre Performance Program. Most recently, he was in The People’s Shakespeare Project’s production of "The Comedy of Errors." As a playwright, his work has been featured around the Lancaster area with groups such as Creative Works of Lancaster, The Lancaster Dramatists Platform, and Theater of the Seventh Sister. His play "Verboten," which receive its world premier with Theater of the Seventh Sister in March, was a semi-finalist in The Kennedy Center’s Undergraduate Playwright’s Workshop in June 2019.

Rock Ford's original production of "The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from 'Emma' by Jane Austen" will be opening on Friday, ...
10/11/2019

Rock Ford's original production of "The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from 'Emma' by Jane Austen" will be opening on Friday, November 1. For tickets, please visit rockford.yapsody.com.

INTRODUCING OUR CAST: Jessa Casner as Harriet Smith

Jessa is excited to go back in time with some amazingly talented people to tell this classic story at Rock Ford. In addition to performing, Jessa works as a Sales Associate for the Fulton Theatre. Some of her favorite past credits include: Rapunzel, "Into the Woods," Ensemble, "9 to 5," and Nancy, "Oliver!"

Rock Ford's original production of "The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from 'Emma' by Jane Austen" will be opening on Friday, ...
10/10/2019

Rock Ford's original production of "The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from 'Emma' by Jane Austen" will be opening on Friday, November 1. For tickets, please visit rockford.yapsody.com.

INTRODUCING OUR CAST: Sam Shea as Mr. Knightley.

Sam is thrilled to be playing Mr. Knightley in Rock Ford and Theater of the Seventh Sister's collaboration of “The Matchmaker.” He has previously acted in the Lancaster area at Rainbow’s Comedy Playhouse and looks forward to performing in such an intimate, historic space at Rock Ford.

Rock Ford's original production of "The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from 'Emma' by Jane Austen" will be opening on Friday, ...
10/10/2019

Rock Ford's original production of "The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from 'Emma' by Jane Austen" will be opening on Friday, November 1. For tickets, please visit rockford.yapsody.com.

INTRODUCING OUR CAST: Rachel Faust as Emma Woodhouse.

Rachel has been performing for local audiences for many years. Apart from being a proud Millersville University theater alumni, Rachel was a regular performer at Rainbow’s Comedy Playhouse for the past three years. She is very grateful for this tremendous opportunity and to be able to share it alongside her closest friends.

Rock Ford volunteer Thomas G. Englert took these recent photos of the construction on The Welcome Center to the John J. ...
10/09/2019

Rock Ford volunteer Thomas G. Englert took these recent photos of the construction on The Welcome Center to the John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts at Rock Ford. Construction is also taking place in the interior of the second floor of the barn. The Gallery is anticipated to open in the Spring of 2020.

Weather-permitting on Wednesday at Rock Ford!
10/08/2019

Weather-permitting on Wednesday at Rock Ford!

#RevWar #LancasterPa. #History

Good afternoon patriots

Just a reminder, this Wednesday at 1:30 Pm I will have my impression at Rock Ford Plantation for a living history presentation and mortar firing demonstration of "Popin Pete" my 3.5" rev war mortar, for Arch Street Center and visitors.

Looks like they are calling for rain, so the firing demos are weather permitting, but will still be doing my presentation, maybe on the porch instead of out in the meadow.

This will be my last event for this year, and will start planning for next years events after the new year.

See ya Wednesday

During the American Revolution, Lancaster was the capital of the United States for one day on September 27, 1777, after ...
09/27/2019

During the American Revolution, Lancaster was the capital of the United States for one day on September 27, 1777, after the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia, which had been captured by the British. The revolutionary government then moved still farther away to York, Pennsylvania.

Rock Ford Plantation's cover photo
09/26/2019

Rock Ford Plantation's cover photo

Rock Ford and Theater of the Seventh Sister are delighted to introduce the cast of "The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from 'E...
09/25/2019

Rock Ford and Theater of the Seventh Sister are delighted to introduce the cast of "The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from 'Emma' by Jane Austen" debuting at Rock Ford on November 1. Left front: Thomas G. Englert as Mr. Woodhouse. Left rear: Sam Shea as Mr. Knightley, Rachel Faust as Emma Woodhouse, Tyler Rossi as Mr. Elton, Jessa Casner as Harriet Smith, and Cynthia Charles as The Hostesss/Jane Austen. Cynthia Charles is also directing this original one-act play that was adapted by Rock Ford Director Samuel Slaymaker.

For tickets, please visit www.rockford.yapsody.com. Due to space constraints of the mansion's rooms, tickets are limited to 20 per show. Reserve today for best availability!

The Welcome Center to the John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts at Rock Ford is taking s...
09/17/2019

The Welcome Center to the John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts at Rock Ford is taking shape as construction continues at the Rock Ford Barn.
(Photo courtesy of Thomas G. Englert)

Coming to Rock Ford in November!This original production will be performed in the candlelit rooms of the mansion. Perfor...
09/03/2019

Coming to Rock Ford in November!

This original production will be performed in the candlelit rooms of the mansion. Performance dates and times and ticketing information will be announced in the near future.

08/31/2019
What a difference a day makes! Below are two photos - taken one day apart - showing the progress on the construction at ...
08/28/2019

What a difference a day makes! Below are two photos - taken one day apart - showing the progress on the construction at the Rock Ford Barn for the future Welcome Center to the John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts. The Gallery is anticipated to be open in the Spring of 2020.

Today, we join with the rest of the world to remember the men, women and children who were victims of the slave trade an...
08/21/2019
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Today, we join with the rest of the world to remember the men, women and children who were victims of the slave trade and suffered at the hands of their enslavers.

As Americans continue to strive to better align the realities of our nation with its founding ideals, we commit to sharing all aspects of Rock Ford’s history including the stories of those individuals enslaved by Edward Hand.

To learn about the UNESCO International Day Of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition visit https://en.unesco.org/events/international-day-remembrance-slave-trade-and-its-abolition-1

The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

As of May 14, 2019, Rock Ford’s Capital Campaign to establish the John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster Count...
08/14/2019

As of May 14, 2019, Rock Ford’s Capital Campaign to establish the John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts has gone public! As of today, the Campaign Steering Committee has raised over 70% of our campaign goal and construction started several weeks ago. We have made a great start, but we need your help to reach our goal!

To find out more about this exciting chapter in Rock Ford’s story, please contact Samuel Slaymaker at [email protected] or call the Rock Ford office at 717-392-7223.

Rock Ford Plantation's cover photo
08/13/2019

Rock Ford Plantation's cover photo

This gown of brocaded Spitalfields silk from London, England,  likely belonged to Katherine Hand. It was passed down thr...
08/13/2019

This gown of brocaded Spitalfields silk from London, England, likely belonged to Katherine Hand. It was passed down through generations of her family. In 2012, a descendant donated it to Rock Ford which undertook extensive study, repair and conservation.

The gown consists of a fitted bodice with attached overskirt, separate petticoat and silk fly fringe. The gown is now on permanent exhibit at Rock Ford and is displayed on a custom-made dress form in a custom-made glass case that has internally controlled humidity and climate control as well as U.V. filtering glass to protect the gown's delicate fabric.

The Richard C. von Hess Foundation generously funded the climate-controlled case. The case was designed by Glasbau Hahn, a German company that has produced custom-made climate-controlled glass cases for major museums around the world to allow them to exhibit historic clothing and textiles. Examples include the case that showcases the Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" at the Smithsonian as well as a climate-controlled case to house the mummified remains of King Tutankhamen in the Cairo Museum.

#rockfordplantation #rockford #spitalfieldssilk #18thcenturyfashions #textileconservation #onlyinlancasterpa #discoverlancaster

This unusual plant is blooming in the Rock Ford kitchen garden right now. It is called a globe artichoke. Although bloom...
08/05/2019

This unusual plant is blooming in the Rock Ford kitchen garden right now. It is called a globe artichoke. Although blooming means that is past harvesting, the flower is lovely.

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew these plants. Martha Washington's household receipt (the 18th century term for a "recipe") book contained information on how "To Make an Hartychoak Pie." Her recipe contained artichoke hearts, butter, bone marrow, cinnamon, ginger, sugar and a sauce made of green herbs.

Join us at 10 am on Tuesday, August 6 for our final "Stories on the Porch" of the summer!
08/03/2019

Join us at 10 am on Tuesday, August 6 for our final "Stories on the Porch" of the summer!

The deadline for Rock Ford's Lobster Legacy fundraiser is Friday, August 9. Reservations may be made at https://rockford...
08/02/2019

The deadline for Rock Ford's Lobster Legacy fundraiser is Friday, August 9. Reservations may be made at https://rockford.yapsody.com.

07/31/2019
Visit Lancaster City

Thanks to Visit Lancaster City for sharing this lovely photo of Rock Ford on their page slider!

Official page of the City of Lancaster Office of Promotion (LOOP) and Lancaster City Visitor Center | Posting about special events & visitor information

Support Rock Ford by attending Lobster Legacy! Tickets for our annual fundraising event may be purchased at https://rock...
07/26/2019

Support Rock Ford by attending Lobster Legacy! Tickets for our annual fundraising event may be purchased at https://rockford.yapsody.com.

The food product made in this replica item on display in the Rock Ford kitchen would have been a delectable treat for pe...
07/17/2019

The food product made in this replica item on display in the Rock Ford kitchen would have been a delectable treat for people in the 18th century. Do you know what this copper item would have used to make?

Learn about this item and many more at Rock Ford ... and enjoy our 21st century air conditioning during your visit.

It's Christmas in July! Tickets for Rock Ford's 2019 Yuletide Tours are now available at www.rockford.yapsody.com.
07/10/2019

It's Christmas in July! Tickets for Rock Ford's 2019 Yuletide Tours are now available at www.rockford.yapsody.com.

New t-shirts have arrived in the Rock Ford museum shop!
07/09/2019

New t-shirts have arrived in the Rock Ford museum shop!

07/04/2019
Rock Ford will be open for tours on Thursday, July 4. Tours of the mansion are from 10 am to 3 pm with all tours beginni...
07/02/2019

Rock Ford will be open for tours on Thursday, July 4. Tours of the mansion are from 10 am to 3 pm with all tours beginning promptly on the hour.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

06/25/2019
LGBTQ in 18th Century-Pt 2

Below is Part 2 of Rock Ford's lecture on "Rediscovering Queer America in the 18th Century."

New photo added to shared album

06/25/2019
LGBTQ in 18th Century-Pt 1

For those followers who were interested in our lecture on Sunday but could not attend, this video is Part 1 of "Rediscovering Queer America in the 18th Century."

Part 2 will be posted shortly.

New photo added to shared album

Amy Burk Pottery has delivered new coffee mugs to our Museum Shop! Amy lives in Lancaster and is a member of the Pennsyl...
06/19/2019

Amy Burk Pottery has delivered new coffee mugs to our Museum Shop! Amy lives in Lancaster and is a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. We are delighted to carry a selection of her beautiful pottery at Rock Ford. #amyburkpottery

Thank you to all of the children and their families who participated in Stories in the Porch at Rock Ford this morning. ...
06/18/2019

Thank you to all of the children and their families who participated in Stories in the Porch at Rock Ford this morning. This children's program continues on Tuesday mornings at 10 am through August 6.

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