Historic Rock Ford Plantation

Historic Rock Ford Plantation

881 Rockford Road
Lancaster, PA 17603

Welcome to Rock Ford

Rock Ford is a wonderfully intact plantation home built by Edward Hand, Adjunct General to General George Washington.

Rock Ford a fine example of Georgian domestic architecture, and is architecturally unchanged from the 1700’s. Over 90% of the original structure, including floors, woodwork, windows, and shutters, is still intact. It is considered the most intact pre-1800 building in Lancaster County.

Rock Ford is in the National Register of Historic Places. The building and the adjoining 33 acres are operated by the Rock Ford Foundation.

Rock Ford is located one mile south of downtown Lancaster on the banks of the Conestoga River in what is now Lancaster County Central Park.

Who Was Edward Hand?

Hand was born in Ireland in 1744, received medical training in Dublin, and served as a Surgeon’s mate in the Irish army at Fort Pitt in what is now Pittsburgh. He retired in 1774 and moved to Lancaster to practice medicine.

In 1775 he joined the Continental Army, and in 1781 became Adjunct General under General George Washington. Following the war, he served in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and was elected Burgess of Lancaster.

He purchased 177 acres for a planation between 1785 and 1792. In 1794 he built Rock Ford on the property, and lived there with his wife and eight children.

Tour Hours

Rock Ford is open to the public for tours Wednesdays – Sundays, April through October. You can call 392-7223 for hours and admission prices.

Group tours are also available.

Historic Rock Ford Plantation

881 Rockford Road
Lancaster, PA 17603

  • Historic Rock Ford Plantation


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