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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Historic Courthouse
Tours Resume
Hear Ye, Hear Ye... The Hanover County Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Old Courthouse will now be open for tours beginning Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM with Society Docents, and will continue as originally scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month.

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.

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

Thursday, October 14, 2021
at Hanover Tavern's Coach House

Join us for the premiere of a short documentary film

Commonwealth of Virginia v. Stevenson
The "Bloody Shirt Trial" held in the Historic Courthouse

Please check our Events page for more information.
Observations on the Hanover County Jail
Stafford County historians Rick and Jerrilynn Eby MacGregor
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 June, 2021 issue of Highlights!
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