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Rock Ford Plantation

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Address: 881 Rockford Rd, Lancaster, PA 17602-1225
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+1 717-392-7223
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10:00 - 15:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Rock Ford Plantation is the 18th Century mansion and estate of...

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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Great historical stop!

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... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Lisa D
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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 details on our 1 hour tour of the home. We learned a lot about the... More 

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Thank Lisa D
Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this review

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 experience at Rock Ford and hope that you will return for another visit in the... More 

East Earl, Pennsylvania
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557 reviews
251 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this review

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. More 

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73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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.

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this review

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 of our special events held throughout the year. More 

Canaan, New York
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 on the property. Rock Ford is well worth a visit!

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this review

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 of our special events held throughout the year. More 

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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 should sell in the gift shop) and the woman in the kitchen was so much... More 

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this review

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 visiting us for one of our special events held throughout the year. Welcome back anytime! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 were staying for the weekend. Very interesting history of a revolutionary war general and his... More 

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this review

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 sincerely hope that you will consider visiting again, perhaps for one of our special events... More 

Scotia, New York
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58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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 is the plantation. It has been restored with period pieces of furnishings, wall treatments and... More 

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this review

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 rich history. If you are in the area again, we sincerely hope that you will... More 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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359 reviews
120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
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. This was a great special event and we look forward to attending other events here.

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this review

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 a favorite production for many visitors to Rock Ford. More 

Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
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89 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

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

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this review

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 clearly posted both on our website, on our brochures, on our door and on the... More 

Monroe, Michigan
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and did a fantastic job presenting the information and showing the property

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Rock Ford Plantation. We appreciate your gracious comments regarding the docent who handled your tour. More 

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