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April 2018

Children’s Event: Tea with Kitty Hand

April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In letters written home to his wife Katherine while serving in the Revolutionary War, General Edward Hand would address her as “My Dearest Kitty.” Later, as the mistress of Rock Ford Plantation, “Kitty Hand” hosted many elegant teas for family and friends. During "Tea with Kitty Hand," children and their families will experience a taste of an 18th century tea party with Kitty Hand. Children and their families will participate in activities such as “talking with fans,” playing a memory…

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May 2018

May Fair at Rock Ford

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us for this traditional celebration of the arrival of Spring with period dancing around the Maypole, games, music, open hearth cooking demonstrations, mortar demonstrations by the 1st Regiment Flying Camp of Lancaster, and Open House Tours of the mansion (see below). The Equestrian Team from Millersville University will be riding on the ground during the event and demonstrating what they do in competitions. In addition, Meduseld Meadery will have a selection of their hand-crafted meads available for purchase. All outdoor…

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Lecture Series: “Rescuing the Revolution” by David Price

May 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Rock Ford Plantation will kick-off its 2018 lecture series by welcoming David Price who will be presenting a lecture based upon his book “Rescuing the Revolution.” His lecture will focus on the heroic feats of people less well known to history who remain the “unsung heroes” of the pivotal battles of Trenton and Princeton that took place from December 25, 1776 to January 3, 1777. Price’s book contains a chapter on Rock Ford’s General Edward hand. After the lecture, Price…

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Meet the Gardener

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

We invite you to visit the Rock Ford garden and meet the gardener to find out what is growing. This free activity is weather permitting and will be held on various dates throughout the season.

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June 2018

Meet the Gardener

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

We invite you to visit the Rock Ford garden and meet the gardener to find out what is growing. This free activity is weather permitting and will be held on various dates throughout the season.

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Lecture: The Archaeology of a Pioneer Settler’s Cabin: The 1714 Hans Graff Site

June 7 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Dr. Timothy Trussell of Millersville University presents "The Archaeology of a Pioneer Settler's Cabin: The 1714 Hans Graff Site." The early pioneers of Lancaster County were extremely influential in setting the pattern for later development of broad swaths of the United States, through generations of out-migration in the 1700’s.  These flows of people carried the culture, lifeways, agricultural practices, and even architectural styles from Lancaster County to many other areas of the country.  For the first time, the original site of…

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July 2018

Meet the Gardener

July 1 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

We invite you to visit the Rock Ford garden and meet the gardener to find out what is growing. This free activity is weather permitting and will be held on various dates throughout the season.

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August 2018

Meet the Gardener

August 5 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

We invite you to visit the Rock Ford garden and meet the gardener to find out what is growing. This free activity is weather permitting and will be held on various dates throughout the season.

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December 2018

Yuletide Candlelight Tours

December 26 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Step back to a time when Christmas Day was only the beginning of the season! Learn about 18th-century Yuletide traditions and customs as beautiful music fills the air. Bring your friends, family, and guests to celebrate the season during this popular annual event! Yuletide Tours are conducted like an “Open House.” Visitors may arrive anytime between 4 pm to 7:30 pm (due to closing at 8 pm) and tour the mansion at their own pace. $10 adults, $8 seniors (65+)…

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Yuletide Candlelight Tours

December 27 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Step back to a time when Christmas Day was only the beginning of the season! Learn about 18th-century Yuletide traditions and customs as beautiful music fills the air. Bring your friends, family, and guests to celebrate the season during this popular annual event! Yuletide Tours are conducted like an “Open House.” Visitors may arrive anytime between 4 pm to 7:30 pm (due to closing at 8 pm) and tour the mansion at their own pace. $10 adults, $8 seniors (65+)…

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