Rock Ford will be re-opening at a date to be determined by Governor Wolf subject to applicable health guidelines.

Please continue to monitor our website for updates.

Our staff continues to answer emails and telephone messages remotely.

Thank you for bearing with us during this trying time.

Rock Ford was the home of Edward Hand and his family as well as enslaved and free servants and laborers. Edward Hand was Adjutant General to George Washington during the American Revolution. Today, Rock Ford is comprised of 33 acres at the southeastern edge of Lancaster City surrounded by Lancaster County Central Park. The mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places and is recorded in the Historic American Building Survey. Rock Ford is widely considered to be one of the most important examples of Georgian domestic architecture surviving in Pennsylvania and the most intact building predating 1800 in Lancaster County. The mansion’s elegant rooms are furnished with an outstanding collection of period furnishings and decorative arts. 

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Opening Later This Year

The John J. Snyder Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts at Rock Ford

For details, please click here.

Weddings at Rock Ford

Make your wedding or special event an historic occasion! Our 18th Century barn and grounds are available for rental. For more information, please click here.

We are grateful for the generous support of our 2020 Season Sponsors:

Lead Sponsors

Mr. Thomas G. Englert and The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission


Supporting Sponsor

Rhoads Energy Corporation


Rock Ford, an Educational Improvement Organization, sincerely thanks UGI for its generous support of our school programming.


Rock Ford wishes to thank the Lancaster County Community Foundation for a grant from the John J. Snyder, Jr. Fund

to repair and restore the original wood shutters on the front of the Rock Ford mansion.