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.

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!


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.



Friday, December 3, 2021

Location: Hanover Tavern's Coach House
...details to come.
October 14, 2021, was the premiere of a documentary about the seminal Commonwealth of Virginia v. John Paul Stevenson trial, which took place in the Historic Hanover Courthouse.

The twelfth Patrick Henry Leadership Award was awarded to the Honorable Frank D. Hargrove Jr. at this event!

Click here to download a PDF version of the Hanover County Historical Society's September, 2021 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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