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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 strike” a brick! The program is geared toward middle and high schoolers who will also experience surveying, estimating and studying the Georgian style of architecture. Students will apply and practice their mathematics and critical thinking skills to solve problems related to rise-and-run, porch-fall and occasional errors that 18th century builders could have made.

Rock Ford is the preserved 18th century home of Edward Hand, a doctor who also served as Adjutant General to George Washington in the American Revolution. The House That Hand Built is a collaboration of the Junior League of Lancaster (JLL) and Rock Ford Plantation whose partnership began in 1957 when the JLL purchased the house and one year later established the Rock Ford Foundation to restore and maintain the property that looks much the same as it did when Hand built it.

The cost to attend the program is $10 and will be limited to 35 students. Payment may be made through then please email and request a registration form. Deadline for enrollment is March 28, 2019.

Attendees should report to the Rock Ford barn and bring their own lunches and beverages. This program will be held rain or shine so please dress for the weather. Scholarships will be offered to students in need. If an adult chooses to remain with his or her child for the program, we ask for a pay-as-you-will donation in addition to the student admission fee.


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 with a Bachelors of Architecture degree.  He holds professional affiliations with the American Institute of Architects, Leading Age and the National Hospice Organization.  In addition to practicing architecture, Gregg  writes a monthly architectural design column for Lancaster Newspapers entitled Design Intervention