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April 2017

Lecture Series: Major Thomas Boude, Revolutionary War Hero, Associate of General Edward Hand, and The Origins of the Underground Railroad in Lancaster County and the U.S.

April 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Randolph J. Harris will present a lecture on Major Thomas Boude (1752-1822), a war hero and national political figure, who thwarted the attempted kidnapping of a formerly enslaved woman at his home in 1804. A spontaneous, community-supported uprising against the institution of slavery, this flashpoint in Columbia - a community central to the African American experience – has been recognized as “the incorporation” of the movement that some three decades later became known as the Underground Railroad. This event will be held in the…

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May 2017

Lecture Series: Remember Paoli

May 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Jim Christ, Vice President of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund, will present a lecture on the Battle of Paoli, sometimes called the Paoli Massacre, which was fought on the night of September 20, 1777 and was the 9th bloodiest battle of the Revolutionary War.  The nighttime bayonet raid by General Charles "No Flint" Grey on the camp of General Anthony Wayne left the Continentals reeling and left the door open for the British to finally capture Philadelphia with no opposition.…

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May Fair Celebration

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Celebrate Spring at Rock Ford’s annual May Fair Celebration with a variety of craftsmen and vendors, 18th century entertainments, and dancing around the Maypole! All outdoor activities are free and open to the public and also weather permitting. Guided tours of the mansion will be on every half hour from 10 am until 3 pm. There is an admission charge to tour the mansion. No reservations required. $8 Adults $7 Seniors (65+) $6 Children 6 to 12 Free for children under…

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June 2017

Community Night Fundraiser at Greenfield Isaac’s

June 1 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Greenfield's Isaac's will host a fundraiser to benefit Rock Ford Plantation. Bring your family and friends to enjoy great food and great company while supporting Rock Ford! Twenty-five percent (25%) of the cost of your meal will go directly to Rock Ford. For the flyer for this fundraiser, please click here.  This form must be completed and handed to your server for Rock Ford to receive credit for your meal purpose.

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Lecture Series: From Planting to Plate: What Primary Sources Reveal About Colonial Kitchen Gardens, Households and Food Preparation

June 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Cynthia Trussell presents "From Planting to Plate: What Primary Sources Reveal About Colonial Kitchen Gardens, Households and Food Preparation."  In 1796, Amelia Simmons became the first American to publish a cookbook.  A look at her groundbreaking book, 18th century gardening manuals, and period diaries and family cookbooks of other women, illuminates the work that went into running a household and putting food on the table.  Eighteenth century Lancaster resident Sarah Yeates, family to General Edward Hand, wrote down recipes from…

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Stories on the Porch

June 20 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am

A Rock Ford docent in period costume will read a story of Early America to children gathered on the porch of the mansion. Following the story, children will participate in a fun activity. A light snack and beverage will be served. Children must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. The suggested age range for Stories on the Porch is preschool through 5th grade, but all are welcome. Free of charge, but voluntary donations are greatly appreciated.  

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Stories on the Porch

June 27 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am

A Rock Ford docent in period costume will read a story of Early America to children gathered on the porch of the mansion. Following the story, children will participate in a fun activity. A light snack and beverage will be served. Children must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. The suggested age range for Stories on the Porch is preschool through 5th grade, but all are welcome. Free of charge, but voluntary donations are greatly appreciated.  

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July 2017

Stories on the Porch

July 4 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am

A Rock Ford docent in period costume will read a story of Early America to children gathered on the porch of the mansion. Following the story, children will participate in a fun activity. A light snack and beverage will be served. Children must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. The suggested age range for Stories on the Porch is preschool through 5th grade, but all are welcome. Free of charge, but voluntary donations are greatly appreciated.  

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Stories on the Porch

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am

A Rock Ford docent in period costume will read a story of Early America to children gathered on the porch of the mansion. Following the story, children will participate in a fun activity. A light snack and beverage will be served. Children must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. The suggested age range for Stories on the Porch is preschool through 5th grade, but all are welcome. Free of charge, but voluntary donations are greatly appreciated.  

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Stories on the Porch

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am

A Rock Ford docent in period costume will read a story of Early America to children gathered on the porch of the mansion. Following the story, children will participate in a fun activity. A light snack and beverage will be served. Children must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. The suggested age range for Stories on the Porch is preschool through 5th grade, but all are welcome.  Free of charge, but voluntary donations are greatly appreciated.  

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