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“Interesting history”

Rock Ford Plantation
Ranked #10 of 65 things to do in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 7 August 2011

We visited Rock Ford Plantation on July 28th, 2011. I have been to Lancaster several times but had never visited Rock Ford. It was the home of General Edward Hand. He was George Washington's adjutant general (more or less his chief of staff). The home was built around 1794. It is one of the very best kept 18th century homes in the country. We were lucky enough to have the foundation's executive director, Samuel Slaymaker, as our tour guide. The tour was very informative and educational. If you want to do something besides the same old tourists attractions in Lancaster this is a great place. Admission is fairly inexpensive and they have a wonderful gift shop downstairs.

Date of experience: July 2011
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Reviewed 2 September 2010

Rock Ford Plantation stands on the wooded banks of the Conestoga River, 1 mile South of Lancaster. We learned that two centuries ago, no bridges spanned the nearby Conestoga River. Therefore, one forded the Conestoga at a spot with rock outcroppings. This location is the most likely origin of the name "Rock Ford".
Edward Hand purchased the "plantation tract of land" in two transactions: one in 1785, and the other in 1792. The old term for a farm under cultivation was "plantation". Built circa 1794, the Georgian style brick mansion remains remarkably preserved and essentially unchanged architecturally. Rock Ford's spacious four floors conform to the same plan -- a center hall and four corner rooms -- typical of the period. Visitors walk the original 18th century floors and see original rails, shutters, doors, cupboards, paneling, and windowpanes.
On July 4, 1791, General and Mrs. Hand entertained George Washington for tea during the President's visit to Lancaster. Now that is history. The guide was friendly, informative and welcoming. The gift shop had a few interesting pieces.

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