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Rock Ford Plantation

881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, PA 17602
717.392.7223
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Ranked #6 of 31 attractions in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
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Dearborn, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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8 reviews 8 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

Canada
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
114 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We were impressed that we received a personal tour of this plantation. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and told us all about this Edward Hand who defected from the British army to join the Patriots. He was practicing medicine and became also Adjutant General. His older brother in Ireland had inherited their parents' estate. In the new country, Edward... 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. Your enthusiasm for what you learned as a result of your tour experience shines through! Thank you also for sharing the lovely photos which you took during your visit. We are glad that you enjoyed your time at Rock Ford and hope you will return again... More

New Jersey
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We stopped by briefly at Rockford while on the way to another location. We walked the grounds around the house and took a few pictures. We did not have the time to go inside. That being said, if the inside is as nice as the outside, this place is surely worth a visit. We plan on making time for 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 recent Trip Advisor review of Rock Ford Plantation. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your walk around the grounds and sincerely hope you will return one day to take a tour of the inside of the mansion as well to learn more about the General Edward Hand and his family and the... More

Hanover, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

For visitors interested in 1770’s era homes this is for you. Excellent docent. Period furniture. Well preserved 1770’s home of Edward Hand (Adjutant General to George Washington). http://www.rockfordplantation.org/ for more information.

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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 Plantation. We appreciate your feedback and hope you will visit again in the future or consider coming to some of the special events that we hold throughout the year. More

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