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.




Free historical reenactment performances
held each Saturday through August at the
Historic Hanover Courthouse
Courtesy of the Parson's Cause Foundation

Click here for more information.
Docents needed!
Please contact us if you are interested in acting as a Docent!
Old Courthouse Tours
on second Tuesday each month:

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM



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.
Marker Saved!
Our monetary goal to save the historical marker denoting the birthplace of Henry Clay, located at the corner of Rt. 301 and Stumpy Road, has been reached! Thanks to everyone who donated and helped to save the marker!

We are still accepting donations for this cause, which will be kept in an Historical Marker Fund, and dedicated to future projects of this nature.

Click here to learn more about this effort,
and for more information about donating.



Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Seventh Annual
Patrick Henry
Leadership Awards Gala


Location: Hickory Hill - Restored

Please visit the Events page for more information, or visit our online store to purchase tickets.
Click here for directions to Hickory Hill!

Tickets Are Available!

Tickets for the Hanover County Historical Society's 7th annual Patrick Henry Leadership Awards Member/Guest Social are now available for purchase at our online store! There are four ticket levels available, please check them out and see what's best for you and your family!



8.23.16: Added a new page about Hickory Hill.

Click here to download a PDF version of the Hanover County Historical Society's June, 2016 issue of Highlights!
Check out the Hanover County Historical Society's Facebook page, always up to date with the latest info!




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