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!
From June through August of this year, historical reenactments will be performed by the Parsons' Cause Foundation. These dramatic portrayals are free for all. Please visit the Parsons' Cause Foundation's website for the dates and details of upcoming performances!

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!

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm
Location: Oakland

Click here to buy your tickets at our online store!

Please visit the Events page for more information.
Patrick Henry came a-visiting at the Hanover County Historical Society's summer General Membership Meeting! It took place on Sunday, June 25 at the historic Fork Church.
Eight Annual Patrick Henry Leadership Awards
Tuesday, September 12:
Location: Oakland
Hanover Autumnfest & 5K
Saturday, September 30:
10am - 5pm
Location: Hanover Tavern, Hanover Courthouse Green

Annual Christmas Meeting and Dinner
Tuesday, December 5: 6:00pm
Covenant Woods, Mechanicsville
Speaker TBA

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