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Rock Ford Plantation

881 Rockford Rd, Lancaster, PA 17602-1225
+1 717-392-7223
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Glad we didn't miss this one

This place came recommended by Lisa in the Visitors Center and we are glad we took her suggestion... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
tank1050
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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
Historical Gem

My friend and I who try to do a history vacation each summer decided to add this on our list while... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2017
Lisa B
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Buffalo, United States
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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.
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881 Rockford Rd, Lancaster, PA 17602-1225
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

This place came recommended by Lisa in the Visitors Center and we are glad we took her suggestion. The setting and the grounds is very nice, located adjacent to Park and just up the road from the Cumberland River. We had a great docent in...More

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thank you for your recent review of Rock Ford Plantation. We appreciate your sharing that you learned about our historic site through the downtown Lancaster Visitors Center. We also appreciated your comments regarding your docent's knowledge of Edward Hand and the history and contents of...More

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Reviewed 22 August 2017

My friend and I who try to do a history vacation each summer decided to add this on our list while visiting the Lancaster area. We really enjoyed our tour of the house which was given by Donald our tour guide. Donald who was very...More

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thank you for your recent review of Rock Ford Plantation. We appreciate your comments regarding your tour with your docent Donald. He is indeed very knowledgeable about the site, and his tours are filled with many details regarding Edward Hand and the architecture and contents...More

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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Awesome, well preserved property! Such a historical place! Amazing to see this home built in the 1790's. Glad that people saved this treasure!More

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thank you for your recent review of Rock Ford! We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your kind comments regarding our historic site. We are grateful for all of the people who have worked so diligently throughout the...More

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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

This is definitely a hidden gem in Lancaster. My teenage daughters and I had a day trip to enjoy while my son enjoyed the many train related offerings of Lancaster. Debbie and Sarah were wonderful tour guides full of information and great stories. They took...More

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Thank you for your recent Trip Advisor review of Rock Ford. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your tour and appreciated your kind words regarding your experiences with your guides, Debbie and Sarah, and their knowledge of Rock Ford's history and its artifacts....More

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Reviewed 10 July 2017

If you are interested in colonial history, this historical house owned by one of George Washington's aides is a nice side visit. It's not Williamsburg, however, so don't expect a lot of reenactors etc.More

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Thank you for your recent review of Rock Ford. We were happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour of the home of General Edward Hand. Since you are from the Lancaster area and expressed interest in experiences involving costumed interpreters, we encourage you to...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2017

No to be missed if you love American History and wonderfully preserved historical homes. We had the fortune to have the house tour to ourselves and the depth of knowledge and interest that the tour was presented with was fantastic. Our guide was very knowledgeable...More

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Thank you for your recent review of Rock Ford. We appreciate your comments, especially about the knowledge and enthusiasm of your docent. We were glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the home of General Edward Hand and sincerely hope that you will...More

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Reviewed 27 June 2017

We arrived at quarter after the hour. However, because tours begin ON the hour, we could not even enter the home. We had to wander the garden and grounds for 45 minutes. Unacceptable. Once inside, the docent cited how important General Hand was to G....More

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2017

Since Rock Ford does not currently have a visitors' center which would allow visitors to wait indoors for their tour tour, we strongly encourage our visitors to plan ahead and consult our tour hours that are clearly posted on several on-line sources. We schedule only...More

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Reviewed 13 June 2017

A very interesting tour. Takes about an hour. Samuel did ours. He was very knowledgeable and answered lots of questions. A little out of the way but worth it.More

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Thank you for your recent Trip Advisor review of Rock Ford Plantation. We are delighted that you enjoyed your tour conducted by our director, Sam Slaymaker. Although Rock Ford seems isolated, we are, in fact, only 5 minutes from downtown Lancaster and 10-15 minutes from...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

If you love anything related to American history or the Revolutionary war, you will love this wonderfully preserved home. We were the only couple for the 11:00 tour. (Lucky for us!). Hannah was a wonderful and sweet tour guide and gave us a lot of...More

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

Thank you for your review of Rock Ford Plantation following your recent visit to our historic site. We sincerely appreciate your kind comments regarding your tour guide, Hannah, and have passed those compliments on to her. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your...More

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Reviewed 22 April 2017

Did the Rock Ford Plantation. Although this was not a guided tour, the staff did fill us in on many interesting facts.

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Nancy B, Assistant to the Director at Rock Ford Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Thank you for your recent review of Rock Ford Plantation. If you are in the area again, please consider returning for a complete guided tour of the Rock Ford mansion or one of our special events held throughout the year.

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Geanine
7 July 2015|
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Response from Nancy B | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. Due to the age of the house, only the first floor of the mansion is wheelchair accessible. We do have a ramp that leads up to the porch on the side of the mansion. While there is a long brick... More
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