Hanover County was formed on November 26, 1720 by "An Act for Dividing New Kent County." Hanover County was named in honor of King George I, the first British monarch from the House of Hanover, who ruled over Great Britain and its colonies from 1714 to 1727.

Hanover County was the birthplace and a residence of Patrick Henry, whose concluding argument in the Parsons' Cause case of 1763 (held in the Historic Hanover Court House) may be said to have been the beginning of the American Revolution in Virginia, and made Hanover County a focal point in the Revolutionary movement.

The Hanover Tavern, Polegreen Church and Rural Plains are a few of the many Hanover landmarks that predate the Revolution, and the battles of Gaines' Mill, Totopotomoy Creek and Cold Harbor (among others) were fought in Hanover County during the Civil War.

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Old Courthouse Tours
on second Tuesday each month:

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM



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Visit our ONLINE STORE to pay for Membership, purchase tickets to Society events, and purchase many of the Society's publications!

Please visit our Publications page for a list of all available Society publications, and information about how they can be purchased.
Save the Marker!
The historical marker denoting the birthplace of Henry Clay, located at the corner of Rt. 301 and Stumpy Road, was taken down by VDOT in 2014. The HCHS is raising money through private donation to replace this marker, and we need your help!


Click here to learn more about this effort,
and for more information about donating.



Sunday, June 26, 2016

Place, time and program to be announced.
Hanover and Her Railroads
On Sunday, April 3 2016, Art Taylor spoke at St. Paul's Episcopal Church about the early railways that served Hanover County.

Please click here for pictures and a summation of the event.

Click here to download a PDF version of the Hanover County Historical Society's March, 2016 issue of Highlights!
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