|Rock Ford, the home of General Edward Hand and his family.|
This is the rear of the home where I entered on my tour.
|The rear porch or colonnaded piazza. This porch was|
built in 1966, after the original one rotted over time.
Seems my tour guide today for my trip through Edward Hand's House and Rock Ford Plantation, Debbie, lives in the Grandview Heights neighborhood where I once lived when my family was growing up. We talked about the old neighborhood and a few friends we had in common. Seems I was her only visitor for the trip, so we began the tour by walking around the beautiful porch, also known as a "colonnaded piazza," toward the front of the house.
|Looking from the porch toward the 1780 Bank Barn. In the|
foreground is a garden while on the right of the garden are
two plots were an archaelogical dig is taking place.
|This is the tenant's farmhouse that|
sits close to the main house.
|The front of the house which displays the Georgian Style of|
architecture with it's symmetrical exterior appearance.
|Front door with the semi-circular fan transom|
and decorative pilasters.
The artifacts will be catalogued, digitized and put on the Internet for all to view. Beyond the excavation was a 1780 fore-bay bank barn that was not original to the property, but disassembled in nearby Columbia, PA and reassembled on Rock Ford. Then Debbie pointed out a nearby tenant farmer's house from 1800 which, too, was moved to the Rock Ford Plantation from Soudersburg, PA in the 1960s. It is an example of a typical farmer's house that would have been on a plantation. We then walked to the front of the house that was built in the Georgian Style of architecture. Structurally, the building is ninety percent intact, due to the slate roof and shuttered windows that protected the home from the elements for many years. The name "Georgian" came from the Hanoverian Kings named George who reigned from 1714 to 1830. The style is marked by a taste for symmetry and proportion. In this case the front of the house has five evenly placed windows on the second floor which have 12/8 window placement (12 panes on the top panel and 8 panes on the lower panel), four windows with shutters on the first floor with 12/12 pane configuration and a door with a triangular, pediment supported by decorative pilasters and a fanlight; semi-circular window with 13 panes.
|One of my altered Polaroids that displays|
the side of the house facing the Bank Barn.