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!
From June through August of this year, historical reenactments will be performed by the Parsons' Cause Foundation. These dramatic portrayals are free for all. Please visit the Parsons' Cause Foundation's website for the dates and details of upcoming performances!

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!

Visit our Publications page and take a look!

Patrick Henry Comes a-Visiting
Date: Sunday, June 25 2017
Time: 2:30pm
Location: The Fork Church
12566 Old Ridge Road
Doswell, VA 23047
Patrick Henry
as depicted by
John T. Tucker, III

Please visit the Events page for more information.
The Hanover County Historical Society's springtime General Membership Meeting took place on Sunday, March 26 at historic Slash Church.

Sunday, June 25: 2:30pm
Summer Membership Meeting
Patrick Henry Comes a-Visiting
Tuesday, September 12:
Eight Annual Patrick Henry Leadership Awards
Location: Cedar Grove
Tuesday, December 5: 6:00pm
Annual Christmas Meeting and Dinner
Covenant Woods, Mechanicsville
Speaker TBA

Click here to download a PDF version of the Hanover County Historical Society's March, 2017 issue of Highlights!
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