Hallway on the First Floor of the MansionGROUP TOURS OF HISTORIC ROCK FORD 

Historic Rock Ford is not taking group reservations at this time due to health and safety restrictions related to COVID-19.

Group Tour Rates will be changing later this year with the opening of the John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts.  Updated information on adding the Gallery to your group tour will be posted at a later date. 

Historic Rock Ford welcomes bus tours, church groups, and other organizations who wish to reserve a group tour of General Hand's home.

Reserved group tours may be booked year-round between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm, with the last tour beginning at 3 pm. The scheduling of group tours at times other than those listed above will be at the discretion of the Group Tour Coordinator.

Group Tour Option 1: Open House Tour

Admission Fee:  $6

Approximate Visit Time: 45 minutes

This tour option is for groups of 20 or more visitors

A tour guide will board your coach or address your group on the piazza of the mansion and give a 10-15 minute introduction on General Edward Hand and the history of Rock Ford.  Your group will then have approximately 30 minutes for a self-guided tour of the mansion and to explore the grounds.  Our tour guides will be stationed on each floor of the mansion to answer any questions, and the Museum Shop will be open.

Group Tour Option 2:  Guided Tour

Admission Fee: $7

Approximate Visit Time: 1 hour

This tour option is for groups of 10 to 20 visitors.

A tour guide will give our regular guided tour of the mansion presenting more comprehensive information on General Edward Hand and the history of Rock Ford.  This tour is approximately 50 minutes in length, and your group will have a brief time in the Museum Shop at the end of the tour.  Due to space considerations in the mansion rooms, if a group has more than 15 guests, we recommend dividing into two separate groups, with one group beginning the tour on the first floor and the other beginning on the second floor.

Please note that there are stairs in the Historic Rock Ford mansion. The first floor and lower level are wheelchair accessible. Our museum shop is located on the lower level.

The mansion does not have any restrooms in areas accessible by the public. We strongly encourage you to schedule a restroom stop prior to your visit.

To schedule a group tour, please contact office@HistoricRockford.org or call 717-392-7223 (Monday through Friday).


A tour guide will travel to your site and give a presentation on Historic Rock Ford and the life and times of General Edward Hand. This option is perfect for groups that cannot travel or as a special treat for your gathering.

Your $100 honorarium/donation includes:

  • Approximately 30-minute presentation;
  • Approximately 10-mile radius for mileage (farther mileage subject to .54 cents a mile).

Date and time request subject to tour guide availability.