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. 

For the 2019 season, Rock Ford is open for guided tours from April 2 through October 31.

For information on our hours of operation, tour times and admission rates, please click here. 

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To listen to podcasts about Edward Hand and the history of Rock Ford, please click here.

Group Tours

For information on Group Tours of the Rock Ford mansion, please click here.



The Matchmaker

For details and ticketing information on our upcoming Jane Austen production, 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 2019 Season Sponsors:

Lead Sponsors

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


Supporting Sponsor

Rhoads Energy Corporation


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. 

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