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.

Dance around the Maypole this Sunday at Rock Ford! Our Maypole procession and dancing will take place (weather  permitti...
05/16/2019

Dance around the Maypole this Sunday at Rock Ford! Our Maypole procession and dancing will take place (weather permitting) at 10:30 am, 12 noon and 1:30 pm.

Rock Ford welcomes students from the third grade classes at Hans Herr Elementary School! The students will be visiting R...
05/15/2019

Rock Ford welcomes students from the third grade classes at Hans Herr Elementary School! The students will be visiting Rock Ford today and tomorrow, touring the mansion and partaking in other educational activities such as "Is It Trash? Or Is It Treasure?" and "Discover History: Hands On."

You are invited!  On Sunday, May 19, Rock Ford volunteers will “plant a maypole” to honor our friend and neighbor, D...
05/09/2019

You are invited! On Sunday, May 19, Rock Ford volunteers will “plant a maypole” to honor our friend and neighbor, Dr. Edward Hand. Join the fun! A bagpiper will lead our procession to where we raise the maypole and Rock Ford’s dancers will lead our visitors in traditional maypole dances. The maypole procession and dancing will commence at 10:30, 12:00 and 1:30.

Image: A painting circa 1750 in Elmbridge Museum, Weybridge, May Pole Dancing

Our Museum Shop received a delivery of newly created pottery mugs from Lancaster-based artisan Amy Burk Pottery! Amy is ...
05/01/2019

Our Museum Shop received a delivery of newly created pottery mugs from Lancaster-based artisan Amy Burk Pottery! Amy is a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and we are delighted to carry her pottery at Rock Ford. #amyburkpottery

Many of the visitors to Rock Ford enjoy viewing - and exploring - our lovely meadow. Deer are often seen grazing under t...
04/30/2019

Many of the visitors to Rock Ford enjoy viewing - and exploring - our lovely meadow. Deer are often seen grazing under the apple trees.

The Rock Ford grounds were looking lovely and very green this morning!
04/25/2019

The Rock Ford grounds were looking lovely and very green this morning!

Rock Ford will be closed for tours on Sunday, April 21 in celebration of Easter.
04/19/2019

Rock Ford will be closed for tours on Sunday, April 21 in celebration of Easter.

It feels like Spring has finally arrived in Lancaster! Rock Ford is open for tours Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to ...
04/08/2019

It feels like Spring has finally arrived in Lancaster!

Rock Ford is open for tours Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm with all tours beginning on the hour. Visit for a tour of the mansion and enjoy a walk around our lovely grounds after your tour.

https://lancasteronline.com/sunday/in-the-spotlight-retired-professor-donald-walters-guides-visitors-through/article_f0f...
03/25/2019
In the Spotlight: Retired professor Donald Walters guides visitors through Lancaster's history

https://lancasteronline.com/sunday/in-the-spotlight-retired-professor-donald-walters-guides-visitors-through/article_f0fdf510-458f-11e9-b4dd-1744dc4d2a71.html?fbclid=IwAR1haOifR4_68mC9nYmUh2fkm5W6XMtp0kkzpOfxAMSSXVwb3-6rtShhxB8

Rock Ford is privileged to have Donald Walters as one of our long-time volunteer tour guides. If you visit us during our tour season and have Mr. Walters as your guide, consider yourself very lucky ... he is a treasure!

On warm summer days, you might come across Donald L. Walters in period dress wearing a tri-cornered hat as he leads visitors on the Historic Lancaster Walking Tour.

Thanks to High Construction Company for posting this lovely photo of Rock Ford.
03/20/2019

Thanks to High Construction Company for posting this lovely photo of Rock Ford.

Happy Spring! Check out the greenery and yellow flowers sprouting along the creek at Rock Ford Plantation near Lancaster County Central Park!
#LancasterPA #springishere

Rock Ford is delighted to announce that "It's Tea Time!" is sold out! Thank you for the tremendous response to this chil...
03/19/2019

Rock Ford is delighted to announce that "It's Tea Time!" is sold out! Thank you for the tremendous response to this children's event.

The Rock Ford grounds looked spectacular under that fresh blanket of snow this morning! #rockfordplantation #discoverlan...
03/04/2019

The Rock Ford grounds looked spectacular under that fresh blanket of snow this morning! #rockfordplantation #discoverlancaster #rockford #onlyinLancaster #snowydayLancasterPA

Our children's event Stories in the Barn is happening on Saturday, March 16 beginning at 10 am. For complete details on ...
03/01/2019
Children’s Event: Stories in the Barn – Rock Ford Plantation

Our children's event Stories in the Barn is happening on Saturday, March 16 beginning at 10 am. For complete details on this month's event, please visit https://rockfordplantation.org/event/stories-in-the-barn-4.

This month’s Stories in the Barn will have a St. Patrick’s theme. The program will be held in the historic bank barn on the grounds of Rock Ford Plantation. Following the story, children will participate in a fun activity. Stories will relate to Early America.

Yesterday's snowfall is melting quickly, but we wanted to share these lovely early morning photos of the Rock Ford groun...
02/21/2019

Yesterday's snowfall is melting quickly, but we wanted to share these lovely early morning photos of the Rock Ford grounds.
#snowydaylancasterpa #discoverlancaster #rockfordplantation #lancasterpa #onlyinlancaster

The Rock Ford office will be closed on Monday, February 18 in observance of Presidents' Day.
02/17/2019

The Rock Ford office will be closed on Monday, February 18 in observance of Presidents' Day.

George Washington's Birthday Party 2019
02/11/2019

George Washington's Birthday Party 2019

Our annual children's event "George Washington's Birthday Party" is Sunday, February 10 at 2 pm! The reservation deadlin...
02/06/2019

Our annual children's event "George Washington's Birthday Party" is Sunday, February 10 at 2 pm! The reservation deadline is 2 pm on Friday, February 8. Cost: $10 per child. For complete details and reservations visit https://rockford.yapsody.com.

It's a Presidential birthday party! The reservation deadline for our annual children's event "George Washington's Birthd...
01/31/2019

It's a Presidential birthday party! The reservation deadline for our annual children's event "George Washington's Birthday Party" is Friday, February 8. This event is limited to 25 children. For complete details and reservations visit https://rockford.yapsody.com.

The Polar Vortex may be forcing humans to huddle up inside, but animal tracks were seen in abundance in the snow at Rock...
01/30/2019

The Polar Vortex may be forcing humans to huddle up inside, but animal tracks were seen in abundance in the snow at Rock Ford this morning!

#discoverlancaster #rockfordplantation #snowydaylancaster #onlyinlancaster #rockford

Tour Guides are needed for Rock Ford's 2019 Season!Do you have a passion for history?Do you enjoy sharing that passion w...
01/24/2019

Tour Guides are needed for Rock Ford's 2019 Season!
Do you have a passion for history?
Do you enjoy sharing that passion with others?
We need you!

The volunteer enrollment process consists of the following steps:

1. Submission of the volunteer application form;
2. Meeting with the Volunteer Coordinator;
3. Completion of training; and
4. Studying in preparation of giving tours.

Training will be held throughout the month of March in preparation for Opening Day on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

For details, please visit https://rockfordplantation.org/volunteer.

This young guest enjoyed playing "Pin the Teeth on the President" at the 2018 George Washington's Birthday Party! This y...
01/23/2019

This young guest enjoyed playing "Pin the Teeth on the President" at the 2018 George Washington's Birthday Party! This year's event will be held on Sunday, February 10 at 2 pm. To reserve your tickets, please visit https://rockford.yapsody.com. Space is limited to 25 children. Tickets are $10 per child.

Rock Ford is delighted to announce its 4th Annual "George Washington's Birthday Party" to be held on Sunday, February 10...
01/17/2019

Rock Ford is delighted to announce its 4th Annual "George Washington's Birthday Party" to be held on Sunday, February 10 at 2 pm!

$10 per child. For tickets and details, please visit https://rockford.yapsody.com.

Limited to 25 children so reserve your spot today!

01/15/2019
717 Drone Guys

A very special thank you to 717 Drone Guys for capturing this amazing drone footage of Rock Ford in the snow!

Untouched snowfall at sunrise. It was cold outside, but the smoke coming from the chimney hinted that the house was probably warm inside!

Rock Ford Plantation is the preserved 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 Georgian-style mansion built in the 1790s is recognized as the most intact building predating 1800 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Our children's event "Stories in the Barn" received wonderful coverage in today's LNP!https://lancasteronline.com/featur...
01/10/2019
'Stories in the Barn' for kids at Rock Ford Saturday

Our children's event "Stories in the Barn" received wonderful coverage in today's LNP!

https://lancasteronline.com/features/entertainment/stories-in-the-barn-for-kids-at-rock-ford-saturday/article_9e78ee88-1373-11e9-bdfe-d78f72629e11.html

#discoverlancaster #storiesinthebarn #rockfordplantation

More than 200 years ago, when Edward Hand and his family lived at Rock Ford Plantation, one of the best forms of entertainment was storytelling.

Lancaster Marionette Theatre
01/05/2019

Lancaster Marionette Theatre

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 revue 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.

This performance takes place on three separate floors, patrons moving via staircase.

01/04/2019
Children’s Event: Stories in the Barn – Rock Ford Plantation

Our next Stories in the Barn pay-what-you-will children's event is Saturday, January 12, 2019. Please note that this month's event begins at 10 am.

https://rockfordplantation.org/event/stories-in-the-barn-3/

This month’s Stories in the Barn will have a winter theme. The program will be held in the historic bank barn on the grounds of Rock Ford Plantation. Following the story, children will participate in a fun activity. Stories will relate to Early America.

Celebrate Twelfth Night on Sunday, January 6 with a 4 pm final performance of Marionettes in the Mansion in collaboratio...
01/02/2019

Celebrate Twelfth Night on Sunday, January 6 with a 4 pm final performance of Marionettes in the Mansion in collaboration with the Lancaster Marionette Theatre! Limited tickets remain and may be purchased through https://rockford.yapsody.com.

01/01/2019
Look up when you come into the mansion and give a kiss under the mistletoe! Rock Ford's Daylight Yuletide Tours are toda...
12/28/2018

Look up when you come into the mansion and give a kiss under the mistletoe! Rock Ford's Daylight Yuletide Tours are today from 10 am to 3 pm. Today is the final day of this special event.

We are grateful for our volunteers who dedicate their time, energy and knowledge to bring our 18th Century Yuletide at R...
12/27/2018

We are grateful for our volunteers who dedicate their time, energy and knowledge to bring our 18th Century Yuletide at Rock Ford to life!

Rock Ford Plantation's cover photo
12/27/2018

Rock Ford Plantation's cover photo

Rock Ford's Candlelight Yuletide Tours continue this evening from 4 pm to 8 pm. Members of our Warm Hearth Club will be ...
12/27/2018

Rock Ford's Candlelight Yuletide Tours continue this evening from 4 pm to 8 pm. Members of our Warm Hearth Club will be demonstrating in the kitchen, and our volunteer dance group will be performing 18th century dancing in the hallway. Plus, live traditional music will be performed by "Seasons!" Please join us for this festive event at Rock Ford!

12/25/2018
12/20/2018

Rock Ford's annual Yuletide Tours begin on December 26! Please join us for this festive and beautiful event.

Mark your calendar for Rock Ford's Yuletide Daylight  Tours on December 28 from 10 am to 3 pm. Learn about 18th-century ...
12/14/2018

Mark your calendar for Rock Ford's Yuletide Daylight Tours on December 28 from 10 am to 3 pm.

Learn about 18th-century Yuletide traditions and customs as beautiful music fills the air. Bring your friends, family, and guests to celebrate the season during this popular annual event!

Yuletide Tours are conducted like an “Open House.” Visitors may arrive anytime between 10 am and 2:30 pm (due to closing at 3 pm) and tour the mansion at their own pace.

$10 adults, $8 seniors (65+) and youth 6-17, and free for children 5 and under. Admission is payable at the door. However, if you would like to skip the line and purchase your ticket in advance, you may do so at https://rockford.yapsody.com.

#yuletide #christmas #tours #history #earlyamerica #music #holidays

Mark your calendar for Rock Ford's Yuletide Candlelight Tours on December 26 and 27 from 4 pm to 8 pm. Learn about 18th-...
12/12/2018

Mark your calendar for Rock Ford's Yuletide Candlelight Tours on December 26 and 27 from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Learn about 18th-century Yuletide traditions and customs as beautiful music fills the air. Bring your friends, family, and guests to celebrate the season during this popular annual event!

Yuletide Tours are conducted like an “Open House.” Visitors may arrive anytime between 4 pm to 7:30 pm (due to closing at 8 pm) and tour the mansion at their own pace.

$10 adults, $8 seniors (65+) and youth 6-17, and free for children 5 and under. Admission is payable at the door. However, if you would like to skip the line and purchase your ticket in advance, you may do so at https://rockford.yapsody.com.

#yuletide #christmas #candlelight #tours #music #dancing #earlyamerica

It's all in the details! Rock Ford staff and volunteers and Robert Brock of the Lancaster Marionette Theatre are working...
12/06/2018

It's all in the details! Rock Ford staff and volunteers and Robert Brock of the Lancaster Marionette Theatre are working behind the scenes to paint miniature Revolutionary War soldiers to be used in our upcoming "Marionettes in the Mansion" production. For tickets, please visit https://rockford.yapsody.com.

Address

881 Rockford Rd
Lancaster, PA
17602

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00
Sunday 10:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(717) 392-7223

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