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Rock Ford Plantation

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Address: 881 Rockford Rd, Lancaster, PA 17602-1225
Phone Number: +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. Rock Ford Plantation is open for guided tours from 11 am to 3 pm on Wednesdays through Sundays from April through October. The mansion is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission: $8 Adults; $7 Seniors (65+); $6 Children (6-12) and Free for Children Under 6.

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The visitor's center down town Lancaster suggested we visit the Rock Ford Plantation which was the house of Edward Hand. I did not remember that name in any of my history calsses... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 September 2016
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Elizabeth, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

The visitor's center down town Lancaster suggested we visit the Rock Ford Plantation which was the house of Edward Hand. I did not remember that name in any of my history calsses. I was very glad that we visited the Plantation. The home has remained almost untouched since 1800 and retains it origonal beauty. Most of the home has been... 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 glad to hear that the Downtown Lancaster Visitors Center recommended our historic site to you and that you enjoyed your tour of General Hand's mansion. We appreciate your comments, especially regarding your docent for the tour, and sincerely hope that you will visit again, perhaps for one of... More 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This plantation is a popular venue for weddings, because not only is it understated elegance and history, but a perfect example of architecture for its time period. Once, when I visited, there was a whole herd of deer grazing on the lawn! The only problem is that it's only open during certain hours, so make sure you explore the website... More 

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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 kind remarks regarding our historic house museum. As you mentioned, we encourage our guests to visit our website and confirm our hours or, in the alternative, call the Rock Ford office. More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We went at 10:15 but a sign on the door said opening at 11. Can't speak to the door. Grounds were nice but actually a little glad I didn't have to pay $8 to see the house interior.

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

Thank you for your Trip Advisor review. We wanted to clarify about the time of "11:00" posted on the door. The Rock Ford mansion is open for tours from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. As posted on our website, on the door, and the standing sign by the door, tours begin promptly on the hour. Since you arrived at 10:15,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

My previous review stated that the captions on the Wiki page were reversed. This has now been corrected. The parking lot is at the rear of the house so you approach from there. If you drive up from the Conestoga River, you look at the front. The confusion was understandable. Still, quite a gem.

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

Thank you for noting this correction as to Rock Ford's parking lot location and the today's entrance for visitors into General Hand's home. More 

Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is a lovely house and the guide made it very interesting it seemed strange that we were the only ones visiting that afternoon as it's such a lovely place. Re

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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 glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour and were fortunate to have your docent to yourselves. As can be expected throughout the tour season, some tour dates and times are busier than others, but we are delighted that you chose to visit Rock Ford during your travels. More 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

The plantation itself is nicely kept, excellent staff and it should be on the history buff's visit list. That said, there's not much there of interest unless you like that type of American history information.

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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 glad to hear that you enjoyed your guided tour to our historic house museum. If you are in the Lancaster area again, we sincerely hope that you would consider attending one of our various special events held throughout the year. More 

Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Highly knowledgable and personable docents relate very interesting stories and point out fun details as you tour an 18th century home that is in remarkably good condition. Absolutely worth a visit.

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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 review of Rock Ford Plantation. We were delighted to receive your comments especially about the knowledge of our docents, many of whom are volunteers. We invite you to visit Rock Ford once again during one of our special events or other programming held throughout the year. More 

Philadelphia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

We never heard of this site until we got to Lancaster. We took a cab to and from and caught the last tour of the day. We really liked it. The grounds were beautiful and the house really something to see.

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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 were delighted to hear that you enjoyed visiting our historic site and sincerely hope that you will consider returning for one of our special events held throughout the year. More 

lancaster, pa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

A truly wonderful place and the staff was very accomodating and pleasant and patient with our questions and those of our children!

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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 review of Rock Ford Plantation. We appreciate your comments about the experience with our staff during your visit and sincerely hope that you will consider attending one of our special events held throughout the year. More 

Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

A little gem of a place, nothing fancy just pure history, the house is lovely, you could just move in, they have done a brilliant job bringing it back to life. The guide was very pleasant dressed in the period, if he walked down the stairs and through the wall you wouldn't be surprised. Extremely good value, well worth a... 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 review of Rock Ford based upon your recent visit. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with you at the end of your tour and sincerely hope that you had a wonderful time during the remainder of your journeys in the United States. We are glad that you chose to visit our historic house museum during your... More 

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