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.

•NEW MEMBERS• Join the Hanover County Historical Society at the Individual level for two years and receive a free copy of Nature's Bounty, Nation's Glory! Visit our Membership page for details.
Old Courthouse Tours on second Tuesday each month:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

300 Years and Counting...
Hanover County's 300th birthday is coming, in 2020! The Hanover County Historical Society will be celebrating with special programs and events all through 2019 and 2020: Keep checking this site for the latest news.

A comprehensive timeline of Hanover County's History is in the works...
Click here to see this work in progress!

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!

Our March 29 Event
Has Been Postponed
Due to the present Covid-19 pandemic, we are postponing the meeting scheduled for March 29, 2020. Please visit our Events page for more information.

Dates for 2020's events have been set!

Sunday, March 29 has been cancelled
Sunday, June 21
Tuesday, September 15
Wednesday, December 2

Stay tuned for more information
about these events as they develop!
Carolyn Hemphill, founder of the Hanover County Black Heritage Society, was the recipient of the 2019 Patrick Henry Leadership Award.

Please check back with this web site during the statewide Coronavirus Emergency. Due to the existing health threat, program changes may occur. If program dates change, the change will be posted on this web site.

Click here to download a PDF version of the Hanover County Historical Society's March, 2020 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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