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
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!

Docents needed!
Please contact us if you are interested in acting as a Docent!

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!

Sunday, March 31: 2:30pm
Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Speaker: Frank D. Hargrove, Jr., Clerk of Court
Presentation: An Expert's Tour Through
300 Years of Hanover County's Court Records

Visit the Events page to learn more!

Sunday, June 23: 2:30pm
Place & speaker to be determined

Patrick Henry Leadership Awards Gala
Tuesday, September 10: 5:30 - 7:30pm

Place to be determined

Annual Christmas Dinner Meeting
Election of Officers for 2020
Tuesday, December 3: 5:30pm
The Lodge, Covenant Woods, Mechanicsville
Speaker to be determined

The presentation at this year's annual Christmas Dinner at Covenant Woods was made by past Society President Anne Geddy Cross, and was a look back at early Hanover County.

Click here to download a PDF version of the Hanover County Historical Society's September, 2018 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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