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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Hanover County Historical Society Bulletin Volume III

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Historic Courthouse Tours

Hanover County's Historic Courthouse is open for free tours on the second Thursday of each month, from 10am 'til 2pm. Society Docents will be available to tell the story of this icon of American history, and under most circumstances will be happy to also give tours of the Old Stone Jail, which is next to the courthouse.

Won't you join us?
The Marquis de Lafayette
(as portrayed by Mark Schneider of Colonial Williamsburg)
spoke at a HCHS event at the Hanover Tavern on June 25.

Click here to see a video of this event!




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2021 video of Judge David B. Caddell Jr and the late Patrick H. Bynum Jr. discussing a local murder trial which led to a precedent-setting ruling by the Supreme Court of Virginia and a landmark ruling by the U. S. Supreme Court. You can view the film by clicking here. To see our Bulletin article (No. 104, Autumn 2021) for a synopsis of the case, click here.

Two articles that remember the antebellum Doswell dynasty of racehorse production:


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