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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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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 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 stars Reviewed June 26, 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 stars Reviewed June 21, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful day! Was very interesting learning about Edward Hand and visiting his plantation. We would go back and would love to go to one of the "events" the plantation holds all year long . The tour was just my husband , I ,and the tour guide. Very nice ,peaceful and our tour wide was Very knowladegable and Very friendly!

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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 pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable visit to our historic site and sincerely hope that you can visit again for one of our special events held throughout the year. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Starting the the architecture, Rock Ford is one of the few un-modified Georgian houses left in America. Many of them have been updated over the years, but Rock Ford remains very much as it was built in 1794. Despite what the Wiki page photo captions indicate, they are reversed; what's labeled as the front is the rear, and vice versa.... 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. Your enthusiasm for the rich history of our museum is definitely evident in your words! We are grateful that you enjoyed your visit and sincerely hope that you will return in the future, perhaps for one of our special events held throughout the year. More 

Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

I would live here if I could. The grounds are so nice and well maintained that I imagine weddings here are quite beautiful. A nice piece of history in the middle of the park that we are thankful has been preserved.

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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 glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our historic site and appreciate your comments about the beauty of the grounds and buildings. We sincerely hope that you will visit us again, especially for one of our special events held throughout the year. More 

California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

This plantation is in a lovely, serene setting. It is one of the only surviving Georgian style homes remaining from the revolutionary war and was owned by General Hand who was Washington's chief of staff, which I never knew about. Worth a visit. When we were here they had a Mother's Day festival which just increased our experience.

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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 happy to hear that you had a rewarding experience at Rock Ford's May Fair Celebration and learned about General Edward Hand's life and times. Thank you for visiting our historic site. More 

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