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Rock Ford Plantation

881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, PA 17602
717.392.7223
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Ranked #7 of 35 Attractions in Lancaster
Type: Museums
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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110 reviews 110 reviews
78 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Rock Ford Plantation is the 1794 Georgian style brick mansion of General Edward Hand, adjutant general to George Washington during the Revolutionary War. It sits on the banks of the Conestoga River one mile south of Lancaster. The Georgian style brick mansion remains remarkably preserved and essentially unchanged architecturally. It has 95% original material that is historically accurate to the... 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 guided tour and have shared your comments with Sarah, who was your docent for your tour. We hope that you will consider visiting Rock Ford again, perhaps for one of our various special events. More

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Lovely home nestled in south Lancaster in the county park. General Hand was Washintons physician. Tours offered. Not sure open all year round, but do have special tours for the holidays and night-time ones. Lots of outdoor space too for kids to run a bit. Also rentable barn for events.

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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 are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour of our historic site and appreciate your kind comments. We wanted to note that Edward Hand was Adjutant General to George Washington, not Washington's physician. General Hand was a physician by profession, just not in the military. Rock Ford is... More

berlin md
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Visited this historic home and did not know what to expect. Had a private tour by the director and certainly learned a lot about the history of our country and the people that made it what it is today. Fascinating home and wonderful insight into General Edward Hand. Certainly worth your time.

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

Thank you so much for your recent review of Rock Ford. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your tour of the mansion with our Director, Mr. Slaymaker. More

Dearborn, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This lovely pre-colonial era home is a worthwhile stop in Lancaster. The original owner was a friend of Washington, and there are a few Washington artifacts in the home. It is furnished with beautiful period pieces, and the docent was lively and informative. Interestingly, the home did not get electricity or plumbing until the 1940's, and was never really modernized,... 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 review of Rock Ford Plantation. We appreciate hearing from you about your experience and are glad that you enjoyed your time at Rock Ford! More

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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

The plantation is absolutely stunning in its architecture, landscaping, and location. We will undoubtedly be back in the Spring. Truly a must see for anyone in the area.

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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 hear that you enjoyed your visit to our historic site and look forward to seeing you once again in the future. More

Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

After almost giving up we found it and didn't want to leave. The guide and other staff were warm and knowledgeable. So much history and old wolrd charm around every corner. Even my son was entertained. He really wantes to know why couldn't we move in...if only. If only. We will certainly be back in the summer to enjoy the... 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 you had an enjoyable and positive experience during your visit to our historic site, and we enjoyed your wonderful comments about your son's visit as well. We look forward to your return visit so you can explore the grounds in warmer weather. More

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This plantation, deep in the heart of the county park, is a lovely colonial-era home. There are occasional tavern nights, with costumed interpreters, musicians, Martha Washington's fishhouse punch, appropriate foods, and traditional games. What a great time to be had!

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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 were glad to hear that you had a very positive experience during your visit and especially enjoyed your comments about Tavern Night. We look forward to having you visit again. More

Cranbury, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

A little hard to find, but well worth the visit. You get a guided tour of the interior of this home built by one of George Washington's contemporaries. It is extremely well preserved with all of the original woodwork, and walls restored to the original paint colors. Due to rumors of the house being haunted, the house was only sporadically... 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 are delighted that you were pleased with your visit to our house museum and enjoyed your comments on the mansion's architecture and history. We wanted to clarify that only non-flash photography is permissible in the mansion due to the sensitive nature of the artifacts and textiles in our collection.... More

Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

In April I wrote a review stating we couldnt find the site. On our most recent visit to Lancaster we tried again and yes dont follow gps and you will be fine.. More importantly we are so glad we did try again. The docent was great , so informative and yet not the typical rote information you get at many... More

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

Thank you so much for your recent review of Rock Ford Plantation. We are delighted that you tried to find our site and had success this time! We appreciate your kind words about our historic site as well as our docent who conducted your tour. More

Springfield - Delaware County, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Visited Rock Ford Plantation, it was so beautiful, learned alot personnel were wonderful, friendly and very knowledgeable. Great place to visit, a must see when in the lancaster area.

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

Thank you so much for your recent review of Rock Ford Plantation. We are glad that you visited our site and had an enjoyable time talking to our docent and personnel. We hope that you will visit again in the future. It was a pleasure talking to you during your visit! More

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