Rock Ford Plantation

Picture of the interior of the Rockford Plantation House

The Rock Ford Plantation is the 18th Century home of Revolutionary War General Edward Hand.  Rock Ford is a unique example of Georgian domestic architecture surviving in Pennsylvanian and the most intact building predating 1800 in Lancaster County.    It is a private, non-profit foundation that is comprised of 33 acres at the southeastern edge of Lancaster City surrounded by Lancaster County Central Park.  While owned by the Hand family, the property was a working farm with fields, livestock, and extensive orchards.  Edward Hand, an avid horticulturist, is remembered for introducing a strain of plum, which subsequently for his name.  By the late 1790’s, in addition to the mansion, the plantation boasted a tenant house, spring house, two barns, and numerous outbuildings.The house is on the National Register of Historic Places and is recorded in the Historic American Building Survey. Rock Ford is widely considered to be one of the most important examples of Georgian domestic architecture surviving in Pennsylvania and the most intact building predating 1800 in Lancaster County.

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  • Adult check-out only
  • One week circulation (See Museum Hours)
  • Reserves allowed from any library including bookmobile
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