In letters written home to his wife, Katherine, while he was serving in the Revolutionary War, Gen. Edward Hand would address her as My Dearest Kitty. At Rock Ford Plantation, Kitty Hand hosted many elegant teas for family and friends.
Children's Special Event At Rock Ford: "It's Tea Time" Set For April 7
During Rock Fords childrens event Its Tea Time on Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., a re-enactor portraying Kitty Hand will welcome guests to an afternoon tea, featuring delightful desserts, tea tasting and etiquette fun such as the Language of the Fan. Guests are encouraged to wear fancy accessories such as gloves, hats and jewelry. After the tea, guests will be led on a short tour of the Rock Ford mansion to find the hidden tea cups in the mansions rooms.
This event will be held rain or shine. In the event of rain, guests are asked to bring umbrellas, as they will be walking from the barn to the mansion.
Reservations may be made through www.rockford.yapsody.com. The cost is $10 per child and $12 per adult. The reservation deadline is Friday, April 5. This event is recommended for children age 5 and up and their family members. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.
Built in 1794 and located at 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, Pa., Rock Ford Plantation was the home of Edward Hand and his family. Hand served as adjutant general to George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The historic property is open for tours on Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from April to October. It is operated by the nonprofit Rock Ford Foundation.
For more information, visit www.rockfordplantation.org or call 717-392-7223.