- Building took 30 years to complete 1871-1901
- Cost to construct City Hall was 25 million dollars
- Final cost was more than 3 times the original estimate
- Structure contains over 88 million bricks and 695 rooms
- Building's floor space covers 260,000 square feet
- Contains 30 individual courtrooms used for civil trials
- 250 sculptures adorn the building including William Penn
- The base weight bearing walls are 22 + feet thick
- In 1891 the building contained 10,400 electric lights
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- President George Washington was entertained to tea by the Hand family when the president visited Lancaster. The tea is believed to have taken place at Rockford Plantation.
- Rockford gets it name from the fact that the Conestoga Creek runs by the property and there were no bridges nearby. As a result, people forded the creek near the rock outcroppings close by the mansion.
- The house is believed to be haunted by General Hand's son who is rumored to have committed suicide inside the house long ago.