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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The HCHS Online Store Is Open!
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.


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

Visit our Publications page and take a look!

2018's HCHS event dates have been set! The speakers for most of these events are still pending.

Sunday, April 8
Speaker: Andrew Rowand
Agricultural Specialist, Henricus Historical Park

Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Time: 2:30pm

Sunday, June 24
Immanuel Episcopal Church

Time: 2:30pm

Tuesday, September 11
9th Annual
Patrick Henry Leadership Awards Gala

Tuesday, December 4
2018 Christmas Dinner Meeting
Covenant Woods, Mechanicsville

Please visit our Events page for more information.
The 2017 Hanover County Historical Society Christmas Dinner was held at Covenant Woods in Mechanicsville on Tuesday, December 5.

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 March, 2018 issue of Highlights!
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