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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 3:30 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 www.rockford.yapsody.com then please email dnsmith875@gmail.com and request a registration form. Deadline for enrollment is March 25, 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.

 

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.

This is a pay-what-you-will event.

Additional Stories in the Barn are planned for November 3, 2019 and December 7, 2019.

Reservations are not required for this event.

In the event of inclement weather, please visit our website or call our office at 717-392-7223.

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 and ice cream.

Reservations are required and are limited to a maximum of 25 guests.  The cost is $10 per child.  Children must be accompanied by a parent during the event.  In case of inclement weather, the snow date is Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 PM.  For reservations, please click here.

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 and experience Rock Ford like you’ve never seen it before!

This event is geared towards teens and adults and not suitable for younger children.

All proceeds benefit educational programming at Rock Ford and at the Lancaster Marionette Theatre.

For complete details and to make reservations, please click here.

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 and experience Rock Ford like you’ve never seen it before!

This event is geared towards teens and adults and not suitable for younger children.

All proceeds benefit educational programming at Rock Ford and at the Lancaster Marionette Theatre.

For complete details and to make reservations, please click here.

A joint production with the Lancaster Marionette Theatre, this approximately one-hour show will be staged in the mansion and will be a festive, 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 and experience Rock Ford like you’ve never seen it before!

This event is geared towards teens and adults and not suitable for younger children.

All proceeds benefit educational programming at Rock Ford and at the Lancaster Marionette Theatre.

For complete details and to make reservations, please click here.

 

An annual favorite! Journey back to a time when Christmas Day was only the beginning of the season! Learn about 18th-century Yuletide traditions and customs as beautiful music fills the air. Bring your friends, family, and guests to celebrate the season.

Yuletide Tours are conducted like an “Open House.” Visitors may arrive anytime between 10 am and 2:30 pm (due to closing at 3 pm) and tour the mansion at their own pace.

$10 adults, $8 seniors (65+) and children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.

No reservations required. Admission is payable at the door.

An annual favorite! Rock Ford invites visitors to step back to a time when Christmas Day was only the beginning of the season! Learn about 18th-century Yuletide traditions and customs as beautiful music fills the air. Bring your friends, family, and guests to celebrate the season.

Yuletide Tours are conducted like an “Open House.” Visitors may arrive anytime between 4 pm to 7:30 pm (due to closing at 8 pm) and tour the mansion at their own pace.

$10 adults, $8 seniors (65+) and children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.

No reservations required. Admission is payable at the door.

An annual favorite! Rock Ford invites visitors to step back to a time when Christmas Day was only the beginning of the season! Learn about 18th-century Yuletide traditions and customs as beautiful music fills the air. Bring your friends, family, and guests to celebrate the season.

Yuletide Tours are conducted like an “Open House.” Visitors may arrive anytime between 4 pm to 7:30 pm (due to closing at 8 pm) and tour the mansion at their own pace.

$10 adults, $8 seniors (65+) and children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.

No reservations required. Admission is payable at the door.

After another successful summer of Stories on the Porch, Rock Ford Plantation is delighted to announce our new “Stories in the Barn.” 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.

Our first “Story in the Barn,” geared towards preschool through elementary school age children, will be held Sunday, November 4, starting at 3:30 pm. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. This is a pay-what-you-will event.

Additional Stories in the Barn are planned for December 2, 2018, January 12, 2019, March 16, 2019, November 3, 2019 and December 7, 2019.

Reservations are not required for this event.

In the event of inclement weather, please visit our website or call our office at 717-392-7223.