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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Family Cemeteries of Hanover County

This newly updated and revised edition of the Society's Family Graveyards in Hanover, Vols. I & II is now availble for sale at Amazon.com!

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Historic Courthouse Tours Resume

Hear Ye, Hear Ye... The Hanover County Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Old Courthouse is again open for tours on the second Tuesday of each month from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM with Society Docents!

Please come prepared and observe the protocols for facial coverings (masks) and social distancing. Pass the word, join us, and welcome back!! See you there!

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Parsons' Cause Foundation Reenactments 2022
The Parsons' Cause Foundation performs historical reenactments at Hanover County's historic courthouse every summer. For 2022 they're adding a series of exciting new characters, such as Billy Graham, Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe and Audie Murphy...but old favorites Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson will be represented as well.

Please visit Parsonscause.org or our Events page for the full schedule of performances!

Join us for our Member-Guest Social on September 13, 2022 at the Preserve at Dundee!

The 12th Patrick Henry Leadership Award will be awarded to N. Gordon Lohr at this event.

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Charles Bryan and his interlocutor, Charles Dementi, spoke at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on June 26.

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Click here to download a PDF version of the Hanover County Historical Society's June, 2022 issue of Highlights!
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