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.
The Parsons' Cause 2020 Summer Series has been cancelled.
Old Courthouse Tours have been suspended until the end of the present Coronavirus pandemic.

300 Years and Counting...
Hanover County turns 300 years old in 2020!

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.

Please note that shipping times may be extended, due to the present health emergency.

Things Are a Bit Fluid!

We've set dates for 2020's HCHS events, but not knowing when things will be "back to normal," we hope you'll bear with us. We plan to reschedule any cancelled meetings we had planned for this year, and any future changes will be listed at this site.

Tuesday, September 15: Cancelled
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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