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.

Nutshell is the pre-Civil War great house of a medium-sized plantation at Hanover Courthouse. Of the major buildings around Hanover Courthouse from this time period, this is one of a handful that remains. Click here for the fascinating history of Nutshell.

The North Anna Battlefield Park will be dedicated on Saturday, May 24, 2014. This event will also commemorate the Battle of North Anna, which took place on May 21-27, 1864. Click here for more information.

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

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Commemoration of the Battle of North Anna
and Dedication of the North Anna Battlefield Park

Saturday, May 24, 2014
Location: North Anna Battlefield Park
11576 Verdon Road, Doswell, Va 23047
Click here for more information about the battlefield, and please check our Events page.
The Society's Quarterly Membership Meeting took place on Sunday, April 6 at the Mechanicsville Branch of the Pamunkey Regional Library. Pages from Hanover's Rich Agricultural History: Edmund Ruffin was presented by Dr. Walter P. Hempfling. Click here for a brief summation of the presentation, plus pictures from the event.

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




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