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

There are historic properties in Hanover County
that are in danger of being lost forever.

Click here to read about Cherry Grove
Click here to read about Nutshell

6th Annual Patrick Henry Leadership Awards Member-Guest Social
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Location: Janeway
Time pending.

Visit our Events page for more information.
NPS Ranger and historian Ashley Luskey, Ph. D., presented The Last Confederate Christmas: Richmond Ladies and the Social Crisis of Civil War at the HCHS quarterly meeting on April 26. Please click here to read about this event!

Become a Member of the Hanover County Historical Society, or renew your Membership, directly from this site! Visit our Membership page to find out how!

The historic and informational book, Old Homes of Hanover County, Virginia is once again available for purchase! Please click here to visit Amazon.com for your copy!

Click here to download a PDF version of the Hanover County Historical Society's June, 2015 issue of Highlights!
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