Rock Ford Plantation

Rock Ford Plantation

881 Rockford Road
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-392-7223

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Welcome to Rock Ford

Rock Ford Plantation is the preserved 18th Century home of Edward Hand, who served as Adjutant General to General George Washington during the American Revolution.

Rock Ford is an excellent example of Georgian domestic architecture and is architecturally unchanged from the late 1700’s. Today’s visitors learn about Edward Hand, his family and life at Rock Ford in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The mansion’s rooms are furnished with an outstanding collection of furnishings and decorative arts from this time period.

Rock Ford is on the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion and its adjoining 33 acres are operated by the Rock Ford Foundation, a private non-profit corporation.

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

Who Was Edward Hand?

Edward 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 resigned from British service in 1774 and moved to Lancaster to practice medicine. In 1775, he married Katherine (“Kitty”) Ewing, who was the niece of the prominent American lawyer and judge, Jasper Yeates.

In 1775 Hand joined the Continental Army and led troops at the battles of Boston, Long Island, White Plains and Trenton. In 1781 he became Adjutant General under General George Washington. Following the war, he served in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and was elected Burgess of Lancaster.

Hand purchased 177 acres of land between 1785 and 1792. In 1794, he built Rock Ford on the property and lived there with his wife and eight children. He died at Rock Ford on September 3, 1802.

 

Tour Hours

You can call 717-392-7223 or check online for hours of operation and admission prices.

Group tours are also available.

 

 

Rock Ford Plantation

881 Rockford Road
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-392-7223

Visit Website

 

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