Lancaster County PA Realty Check: Rock Ford Plantation, Lancaster PA

Rock Ford Plantation, Lancaster PA

Rock Ford Plantation, Lancaster PA

The beautiful and historic Rock Ford Plantation is located a mile south of Lancaster on a scenic estate of 177 acres, part of which has now been made into Lancaster's Central Park.Rock Ford Plantation

The plantation, one of the most important examples of eighteenth century Georgian architecture in the country, Was built by General Edward Hand, who resigned from the British army 1n 1774 to practice medicine in Lancaster, and joined the Continental army in 1775.

                     Barn at Rock Ford

The barn can be reserved for weddings on the plantation!

                                      Rock Ford Plantation 

Can you see the dove perched on the front of the roof of the outbuilding below?

Outbuilding at Rock Ford Plantation

General Hand acquired 160 acres in 1785, and another 17 acres in 1792, when he started building the mansion.  Close by the Conestoga River, Rock Ford is said to have gotten its name from crossing (fording) the river at a rocky narrow point.

Rock Ford Plantation

 

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Comment balloon 4 commentsBrian Schulman • July 17 2007 04:14PM

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Brian, what a beautiful and fascinating historic site ! I am totally enamoured with things from the past and early architecture. Your pictures and description enabled me to feel that I was there touring it on a bright sunny day (and it is pouring buckets here this morning). I love the little picket fence around the vegetable garden and the trees seem very old.

Yes, I see the dove. The estate seems like a very peaceful place where time is forgotten. I'll put it on my list to visit if I am ever in your area.

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith about 11 years ago
Jo, this was one of my favorite posts.  I love history and early architecture, too.  It was a beautiful day, and few other people were around.  I could picture that I was in the Pennsylvania of 200 years ago.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago

Brian (and fellow Penna boy)...thanks for commenting on my recent post. Also, I enjoyed reading this piece.

Geno

Posted by Geno Petro (GenoPetro.House) about 11 years ago
Thanks, Geno.  I enjoyed creating this one.  I didn't know you were a former Pennsylvanian!  (BTW, I enjoyed your story about the American Express Black Card.)
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago

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