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.

Old Courthouse Tours on second Tuesday each month:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

What are the
Freeman Markers?
The Freeman Markers are a series of 58 unique roadside markers that were erected in central Virginia in the first quarter of the 20th century. Written by Douglas Southall Freeman, these markers memorialize events of the Civil War. Twenty-one of these markers are located in Hanover County.
Click here to visit Historyarchives.org's Freeman Markers page, where you can read more about the markers and see their locations on a handy map.

Freeman Marker #32,
Stuart's Ride Around McClellan's Army,
at the intersection of Rt. 360 and Rt. 606
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Tuesday, December 4
2018 Christmas Dinner Meeting
Covenant Woods, Mechanicsville

Please visit our Events page for more information.
The presentation at this year's summer quarterly meeting was by Cleavers Chisholm, Owner and Proprietor of the Hanover Tavern in the mid-19th century, as performed by David Deal. It was held at Immanuel Episcopal Church in Old Church.

Click here to download a PDF version of the Hanover County Historical Society's March, 2018 issue of Highlights!
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