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


The Hanover County Historical Society
Patrick Henry
Awards Gala

is Tuesday, September 16, 2014
5:30 to 7:30pm

at Historic White Plains.


If you haven't received your invitation in the mail but would like to attend this event, please click on the Invitation and Reply Card to the left and print your own copies! Please remember to remit payment by September 11, 2014 to:

Hanover County Historical Society, Inc.
P. O. Box 91
Hanover, VA 23069-0091



There are historic properties in Hanover County
that are in danger of being lost forever.

Please read about Nutshell



Patrick Henry Awards Gala
Tuesday, September 16, 2014: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: White Plains
1063 Old Church Rd.
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Please check our Events page for more information.
Randy Turner, Archaeologist with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (retired), presented In the Footsteps of Powhatan: Archaeology at Werowocomoco at St. Paul's Church in Hanover Courthouse on Sunday, June 22.

Click here for a brief summation and pictures of the event.

The Civil War Trust is planning to buy the 665-acre Fontaine Farm, including the ruins of historic Jericho Mill. Click here to read about it at their website.

Click here to download a PDF version of the Hanover County Historical Society's June, 2014 issue of Highlights!




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