Historic Rock Ford

Historic Rock Ford was the home of Edward Hand and his family as well as enslaved and free servants and laborers. During the American Revolution, Edward Hand was Adjutant General to George Washington. Today, Historic Rock Ford is comprised of 33 acres at the southeastern edge of Lancaster City surrounded by Lancaster County Central Park. It offers guided tours of the elegantly furnished rooms of the circa 1794 Hand Mansion as well as the opportunity to visit the John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts which is housed on the 2nd floor of a re-constructed 18th century bank barn. Historic Rock Ford offers visitors a peaceful enclave for lovers of history, art and nature just inside the boundaries of Lancaster City.

The 2024 Focus Exhibit "A Time to Mourn: Death & Mourning in Pennsylvania 1750-1820" in the Snyder Gallery is included with the purchase of an admission ticket.

Special events held throughout the year.

Wedding and special events facilities are available for rental.

Guided tours of the Hand Mansion are offered Tuesday-Friday and Sunday at 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm and Saturday at 10 am and 12 pm. The Snyder Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. Visitors may purchase their tickets in advance through rockford.yapsody.com.

Please visit HistoricRockFord.org to arrange for group tours.

Historic Rock Ford

881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, PA 17602

  • PHONE: (717) 392-7223
  • FAX: (717) 392-7283


  • Motorcoach Parking
  • On-site Parking
  • Wifi Available
  • Mobile Payments Accepted