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December 2018

Marionettes in the Mansion

December 30, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$20

A joint production with the Lancaster Marionette Theatre, this approximately one-hour show will be staged in the mansion and will be a fun, whimsical and touching celebration of the life and times of General Edward Hand and his family featuring the talents of "Man of the Theatre" Robert Brock. The Unrestored Room on the second floor of Rock Ford will be transformed into a theatre, complete with lighting and seating, and additional rooms will be open and lit theatrically. See…

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Marionettes in the Mansion

December 31, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$20

A joint production with the Lancaster Marionette Theatre, this approximately one-hour show will be staged in the mansion and will be a fun, whimsical and touching celebration of the life and times of General Edward Hand and his family featuring the talents of "Man of the Theatre" Robert Brock. The Unrestored Room on the second floor of Rock Ford will be transformed into a theatre, complete with lighting and seating, and additional rooms will be open and lit theatrically. See…

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Marionettes in the Mansion: New Year’s Eve Benefit Gala

December 31, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$100

Cocktail party, swag bag, sweets and savories and champagne toast! A joint production with the Lancaster Marionette Theatre, this approximately one-hour show will be staged in the mansion and will be a fun, whimsical and touching celebration of the life and times of General Edward Hand and his family featuring the talents of "Man of the Theatre" Robert Brock. The Unrestored Room on the second floor of Rock Ford will be transformed into a theatre, complete with lighting and seating,…

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January 2019

Celebrate Twelfth Night with Marionettes in the Mansion

January 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$20

A joint production with the Lancaster Marionette Theatre, this approximately one-hour show will be staged in the mansion and will be a fun, whimsical and touching celebration of the life and times of General Edward Hand and his family featuring the talents of "Man of the Theatre" Robert Brock. The Unrestored Room on the second floor of Rock Ford will be transformed into a theatre, complete with lighting and seating, and additional rooms will be open and lit theatrically. See…

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Children’s Event: Stories in the Barn

January 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This month’s Stories in the Barn will have a winter theme. The program will be held in the historic bank barn on the grounds of Rock Ford Plantation. Following the story, children will participate in a fun activity. Stories will relate to Early America. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. This is a pay-what-you-will event. Additional Stories in the Barn are planned for March 16, 2019, November 3, 2019 and December 7, 2019. Reservations are not required for…

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February 2019

Children’s Event: George Washington’s Birthday Party

February 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$10

Come celebrate George Washington's birthday at Rock Ford Plantation! This celebration, designed for children ages 4 through 10 years, will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019, beginning at 2:00 PM in the Rock Ford Barn. Spend time learning about our nation's first President through approximately two hours of Colonial-themed crafts, games, stories and other activities.  As an added bonus, there will be a special guest appearance by "George Washington."  The children will also sing Happy Birthday and enjoy cake…

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March 2019

Children’s Event: Stories in the Barn

March 16 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am

In honor of General Edward Hand's Irish heritage, this month’s Stories in the Barn will have a St. Patrick's theme. The program will be held in the historic bank barn on the grounds of Rock Ford Plantation. Following the story, children will participate in a fun activity. Stories will relate to Early America. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The approximate length of this program is 30-45 minutes. This is a pay-what-you-will event. Additional Stories in the Barn…

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April 2019

The House That Hand Built

April 6 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
$10

Are you interested in learning how Edward Hand built Rock Ford, his gorgeous Georgian home, in 1792? Do you want to know how masonry, surveying, building and history inspire a day of fun? Then spend the day with us at Rock Ford on Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for The House That Hand Built. Wes Swanson, mason, teacher and historian, will share his knowledge of history, building and even give you an opportunity to “throw and…

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Children’s Event: It’s Tea Time – SOLD OUT

April 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tickets for this event are sold out. During Rock Ford’s children’s event “It’s Tea Time,” Kitty Hand welcomes guests to an afternoon tea at Rock Ford, featuring delightful desserts, tea tasting and etiquette fun such as the Language of the Fan. Guests are encouraged to wear fancy accessories such as gloves, hats and jewelry. After the tea in the barn, guests will be led on a short tour of the Rock Ford mansion to “find the hidden tea cups” in…

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Guest Speakers present “Conestoga Navigation: A Slackwater Canal”

April 11 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Rock Ford Plantation

Rock Ford will welcome guest speakers Donald Kautz and Benton G. Webber as they present “Conestoga Navigation: A Slackwater Canal” on Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 pm. Their presentation will be an overview of this slackwater canal system that existed on the Conestoga River from Lancaster to the Susquehanna River during the early 19th Century. This presentation will include a brief history of the Conestoga Navigation Company and photographs of the remnants of the locks as they appear today. Reigart's…

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