The mission of the Rock Ford Foundation is to provide opportunities to connect with and explore the life of Edward Hand, the diverse communities and material culture of early Lancaster County, and the complex issues that shaped our nation in its formative years by preserving and interpreting Historic Rock Ford and its collections.
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 in 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.
Historic Rock Ford is now closed for its 2021 Tour Season.
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The John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts
The Gallery is now open to the public! For more details, please click here.
Coming in 2022!
To learn more about a new exhibit coming to the Snyder Gallery in 2022, please click here.
We are grateful for the generous support of our 2021 Season Sponsors:
Mr. Thomas G. Englert and The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Historic Rock Ford, an Educational Improvement Organization, sincerely thanks Fulton Forward and UGI for their generous support of our school programming.