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.

Old Courthouse Tours
on second Tuesday each month:

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Docents needed!
Please contact us if you are interested in acting as a Docent!
Nature's Bounty, Nation's Glory
By Martha M. McCartney

In working with the former Heritage and History of Hanover County, Inc. (HHHC), the Society is pleased to announce and offer the original HHHC Nature's Bounty, Nation's Glory, The Heritage and History of Hanover County, Virginia. There are two versions available: Hardcover with dust jacket for $25, and a deluxe hardcover edition with leather-like cover and gilt-edged pages for $50. They were originally offered at $45 and $150.
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Please visit our Publications page for a list of all available Society publications, and information about how they can be purchased.


Most of the Society's books are now on sale!

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Many thanks to those who attended our events and supported us in 2017!
See you in 2018!

Nine past presidents of the Hanover County Historical Society attended this year's Christmas Dinner and Meeting!
The 8th annual Patrick Henry Leadership Awards Gala was held at beautiful and historic Oakland on Tuesday, September 12.

Click here to read about, and see pictures from this event!

The Historic Hanover Courthouse was built in 1738.
Click here to read of its history!

Click here to download a PDF version of the Hanover County Historical Society's November, 2017 issue of Highlights!
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