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September 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Historic Rock Ford exists to promote knowledge of the life and times of Revolutionary War General Edward Hand for the cultural and educational benefit of the public. Edward Hand, his mansion house, its collections and its grounds provide a multitude of subjects related to life in Early America to explore.
While Edward Hand represents one segment of the population, wealthy white landowners, Historic Rock Ford endeavors to share information about all the people who lived and worked on his farm or otherwise contributed to his success in life. Edward Hand was a doctor, soldier, immigrant, husband, father, farmer, politician and slave owner. Along with the topics of the American Revolution, domestic life and politics, we explore slavery in 18th Century Pennsylvania through Hand’s connections to the people of African descent whom he enslaved and the material culture associated with their lives. Historic Rock Ford has partnered with the African American Historical Society of South-Central Pennsylvania to better tell the stories of these people whose lives were often undocumented.