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.

Docents needed!
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Old Courthouse Tours
on second Tuesday each month:

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM



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

Please read about Nutshell



Thanks to everyone who participated in HCHS events in 2014!

Please join us for more in 2015!

Merry Christmas
and a
Happy New Year!


The Hanover County Historical Society's annual Christmas Dinner Meeting was held on December 2, 2014, at Covenant Woods.

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


2015 Dues for the calendar year are now due and payable. Please remit by March 31, 2015.

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




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