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.

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Old Courthouse Tours
on second Tuesday each month:

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Call to action!
A fundraising campaign is underway to add four bronze plaques to Hanover County's Monument to Confederate Soldiers to recognize over 300 Hanoverians who served but were not originally memorialized. Time is of the essence!

Patrick Henry Awards Gala
Tuesday, September 16, 2014: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: White Plains
1063 Old Church Rd.
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Please check our Events page for more information.
Randy Turner, Archaeologist with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (retired), presented In the Footsteps of Powhatan: Archaeology at Werowocomoco at St. Paul's Church in Hanover Courthouse on Sunday, June 22.

Click here for a brief summation and pictures of the event.

The Civil War Trust is planning to buy the 665-acre Fontaine Farm, including the ruins of historic Jericho Mill. Click here to read about it at their website.

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

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