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October 2016

The 7th Annual Headless Horseman’s Ball

October 29, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - October 30, 2016 @ 12:00 am

Rock Ford's annual fundraising event! This gala party is held in the Rock Ford Barn and Special Event Tent.  Our guests will enjoy a spirited evening inspired by Washington Irving's classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Featuring a catered buffet dinner menu by Pierre DeRagon Personal Chef Services, complimentary libations, dance music by NovaMagic Entertainment, an auction to benefit Rock Ford Plantation, and more! $75 per person.  For reservations, call 717-392-7223. Reservation deadline is Friday, October 21, 2016.  Please…

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November 2016

The Extraordinary Give: Movers & Shapers Soiree

November 18, 2016

Lancaster County's largest day of on-line giving! Support Rock Ford Plantation during the Extraordinary Give and all donations over $50 will be treated as a membership in the Rock Ford Foundation for the 2016-17 membership appeal! Rock Ford will be participating in the "Movers & Shapers Soiree" at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, 335 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 from 5 pm to 8 pm.  Other charities participating in this event include the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, the Lancaster…

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December 2016

Fezziwig’s Ball in the Rock Ford Barn

December 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Travel back in time to the turn of the 18th Century as we set the festive Yuletide scene of Fezziwig's Ball from Dickens' classic tale, A Christmas Carol! The evening will include a buffet dinner featuring traditional dishes, 18th Century dancing with the opportunity to join in, music on the fiddle by Tom Knapp, Forfeits (an 18th Century parlor game), and Christmas Carols.  The limited cash bar will include beer, wine, mead and Negus, a hot spiced wine straight from…

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February 2017

George Washington’s Birthday Party

February 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This popular children's event is geared toward ages 4 and up. Children will use their artistic talents, play games and have fun in a series of activity stations. A story about George Washington will help children to understand why we continue to celebrate his birthday. During the special visit from "George Washington," children will sing "Happy Birthday!" and enjoy cake and ice cream. Pretzels and beverages will also be served. This event will be held in the Rock Ford Barn. Reservations required.…

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March 2017

Lecture Series: Lancaster County Architecture – The First 100 Years (1710 – 1810)

March 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Gregory J. Scott will explore the three most prevalent architectural styles of the time: Germanic, Traditional English and Georgian including Lancaster City and the surrounding countryside.   This event will be held in the Rock Ford Barn. No reservations required.  Seating is limited. Admission: $5 for non-members.  Free for members of the Rock Ford Foundation. Scott is a senior partner in the architectural firm of RLPS Architects located in Lancaster County, PA. and is a graduate of Penn State University…

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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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