GROUP TOURS OF HISTORIC ROCK FORD (The General Edward Hand Mansion and the John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts) 

Historic Rock Ford welcomes bus tour groups and other organizations who wish to reserve a group tour of the Hand Mansion and a visit to the Snyder Gallery.

During Historic Rock Ford's regular tour season (April - October), reserved group tours may be booked at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm Tuesday-Friday and Sunday and at 11 am on Saturday. Group tours must be booked a minimum of three (3) weeks in advance of the date of the tour. Please contact the Historic Rock Ford office (717-392-7223 ext. 103) approximately one week prior to your visit to confirm the final number of visitors and to provide credit card information for payment.

To qualify for reserved Group Tour rates, groups should have more than 15 visitors.  One group leader and one bus driver receive complimentary admission for groups over 15.

Your group tour includes a visit to the Snyder Gallery. Please note that the Snyder Gallery closes at 4 pm Tuesday-Friday and Sunday and at 2 pm on Saturday. If your group is scheduled for 3 pm, your group should visit the Snyder Gallery prior to your scheduled mansion tour. If your group is scheduled for the 11 am or 1 pm tour, your visit to Snyder Gallery may be done either before or after your scheduled mansion tour as determined by your group's tour leader. Visitors will need to walk to the Snyder Gallery from the Hand Mansion. The driveway and parking area by the Snyder Gallery are not accessible to buses. However, several handicapped parking spaces are available for cars.

Please note that there are stairs in the Hand Mansion. The first floor and lower level are wheelchair accessible. Our Museum Store is located on the lower level.

The restrooms in the Ann B. Barshinger Welcome Center in the Rock Ford Barn are available for use by your group tour. The Hand Mansion does not have any public restrooms.

For questions about tour options, please contact the Museum Office at 717-392-7223 ext. 103.



Group Tour Option 1: Self-Guided Mansion Tour with Gallery Visit (The Self-Guided House Tour is strongly recommended for larger groups due to size constraints of the Hand Mansion rooms.)

Admission Fee: $10

A guide will board your coach or address your group on the piazza of the Hand Mansion and give a 10-15 minute introduction on General Edward Hand and the history of Rock Ford.  Your group will then have approximately 45 minutes for a self-guided tour of the mansion. Our tour guides will be stationed on each floor of the mansion to answer any questions, and the Museum Store will be open.


Group Tour Option 2:  Guided Mansion Tour with Gallery Visit 

Admission Fee: $12

A guide will give our regular guided tour of the Hand Mansion presenting more comprehensive information on General Edward Hand and the history of Rock Ford.  This tour is approximately one hour 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 20 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.

To schedule a group tour, please contact or call 717-392-7223 ext. 103 (Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM) or fill out the form below.


Registration Form for Group Tours