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!

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! They make perfect holiday gifts for the historically inclined!

Visit our Publications page and take a look!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Hanover County Historical Society's
Annual Christmas Dinner Meeting
Location: Covenant Woods
Program: A talk and presentation by
Robert Szabo
Wet Plate Collodion Photographer

Visit our Events page for more information.

Tickets are now available for this event!
Ticket purchase deadline:
Thursday, December 1st

Please click here to buy yours!

The Hanover County Historical Society's 7th annual Patrick Henry Leadership Awards Gala took place on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at historic Hickory Hill.

Click here to download a PDF version of the Hanover County Historical Society's September, 2016 issue of Highlights!
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