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Rock Ford Plantation

881 Rockford Rd, Lancaster, PA 17602-1225
+1 717-392-7223
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Well worth an hour of your time!

A very interesting tour. Takes about an hour. Samuel did ours. He was very knowledgeable and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Baefer
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North Charleston, South Carolina
Great historical stop!

If you love anything related to American history or the Revolutionary war, you will love this... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lisa D
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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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Rock Ford Plantation is the 18th Century mansion and estate of Revolutionary War General Edward Hand, who served as Adjutant to George Washington. Built circa 1794, over 90% of the original historic fabric of the house, including shutters, woodwork, floors and glass, is intact. During the guided tour of the mansion, visitors will learn about Edward Hand's personal and military history as well as the background of the mansion and the artifacts contained therein.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 15:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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881 Rockford Rd, Lancaster, PA 17602-1225
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting tour. Takes about an hour. Samuel did ours. He was very knowledgeable and answered lots of questions. A little out of the way but worth it.More

Thank Baefer
Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your recent Trip Advisor review of Rock Ford Plantation. We are delighted that you enjoyed your tour conducted by our director, Sam Slaymaker. Although Rock Ford seems isolated, we are, in fact, only 5 minutes from downtown Lancaster and 10-15 minutes from...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you love anything related to American history or the Revolutionary war, you will love this wonderfully preserved home. We were the only couple for the 11:00 tour. (Lucky for us!). Hannah was a wonderful and sweet tour guide and gave us a lot of...More

1  Thank Lisa D
Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of Rock Ford Plantation following your recent visit to our historic site. We sincerely appreciate your kind comments regarding your tour guide, Hannah, and have passed those compliments on to her. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your...More

Reviewed 23 April 2017

Did the Rock Ford Plantation. Although this was not a guided tour, the staff did fill us in on many interesting facts.

Thank Bluebirdsinging
Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Thank you for your recent review of Rock Ford Plantation. If you are in the area again, please consider returning for a complete guided tour of the Rock Ford mansion or one of our special events held throughout the year.

Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Edward Hand's post revolutionary farmhouse is a beautifully preserved piece of history. 90 plus percent of the home furnishings are original, practically unheard of for historic buildings from the 18th century. The docents are excellent and Lancaster County park is a beautiful setting.More

Thank Mike S
Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Thank you for your recent review of Rock Ford Plantation. We were delighted to read that you enjoyed your tour of the General Edward Hand's home, especially your remarks about your docent. If you are in the area again, please consider joining us for one...More

Reviewed 9 April 2017

The building is beautiful and maintained with historical accuracy. Hannah, the docent, was very knowledgeable about the Hand family and the details of colonial life. I especially appreciated the contrast between the Hand house and a tenant farmer's house which had been obtained and placed...More

1  Thank kcs1760
Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

Thank you for your recent review of Rock Ford Plantation. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your tour and appreciated your comments regarding your docent, Hannah. If you are in the area again, please consider returning to visit Rock Ford, especially for one...More

Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

We took the 11am tour and loved the history that was provided by our tour guide. The home is well preserved and we got to see pictures of the outside in various states of restoration over the years. Volunteers were making hot processed soap(which they...More

1  Thank tigger337
Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2016

Thank you for your recent review of Rock Ford Plantation. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your tour of General Edward Hand's historic home and will gladly share your comments with our volunteers. If you are in the area once again, please consider...More

Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Our tour guide, Meagan, was very knowledgeable and gave a fantastic tour full of information! This is the slow time and we were lucky to get a private tour. The mansion and grounds are located about 10 minutes from the city of Lancaster where we...More

1  Thank Susan M
Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Thank you very much for your recent Trip Advisor review of Rock Ford Plantation. We appreciate your comments about our historic site, especially about the knowledge of your tour docent, Meagen. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Rock Ford and...More

Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

When our inn keeper recommended Rock Ford as a short day trip we thought let's give it a shot. Lancaster has more history than just the Amish. The plantation was founded by one of George Washington's generals. His family's history is very interesting and so...More

1  Thank Shelley S
Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Thank you very much for your recent Trip Advisor review of Rock Ford Plantation. While many visitors are intrigued by the Amish culture in Lancaster County, authentic local places of historic interest are fascinating as well, and we appreciate your acknowledgement and support of this...More

Reviewed 22 October 2016

We just attended one of Rock Ford's special events (a Sleepy Hollow performance). It was outstanding! The actors and actresses did a great job. There was even dancing. Rock Ford looks very pretty at night with all of the candle light. The ending is awesome....More

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Thank you for your recent Trip Advisor review of Rock Ford's special seasonal presentation, "Sleepy Hollow: The Legend Comes to Rock Ford." We appreciate your support of our historic site and were delighted to hear that you enjoyed this original one-act play which has become...More

Reviewed 18 October 2016

Drove through Lancaster traffic and road construction. Guided tour didn't occur . Parking was minuscule, information was nonexistent.More

Thank Brian M
Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2016

We are sorry for your frustration about traffic, but unfortunately, our museum has no control over traffic or road construction in Lancaster City. Our guided tours of the mansion occur Tuesday through Sunday on the hour from 10 am to 3 pm. Tour information is...More

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Geanine
Is this site handicap friendly? Wheelchair accessible?
7 July 2015|
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Response from Nancy B | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. Due to the age of the house, only the first floor of the mansion is wheelchair accessible. We do have a ramp that leads up to the porch on the side of the mansion. While there is a long brick... More
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