Hanover County

Hanover County

Hanover County

  • Road to Revolution historic marker 73b88ab0373481ed027a465bde74f5ca

About

Hanover County was formed on November 26, 1720 from New Kent County along the boundaries of St. Paul’s Parish. Hanover County’s historic courthouse, believed to have been constructed between 1737 and 1743, is the second-oldest in the Commonwealth still in public use and is the official seal of the county, along with being the birthplace of Patrick Henry and Henry Clay. Other historical sites in Hanover County include Hanover Tavern across U.S. Route 301 from the historic Courthouse; Scotchtown, the home of Patrick Henry at the time of his famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech and his election as Virginia’s first governor; Rural Plains, which was owned by the parents of his first wife and is now part of a Civil War battlefield preserved by the Richmond National Battlefield Park; the memorial at the site of the Historic Polegreen Church where Virginians seeking freedom of religious expression gathered to worship freely; and several Civil War battlefields. Hanover County’s participation in the 250th commemoration is supported by the Board of Supervisors and the local committee appointed by the County Administrator is planning events, programs and activities.

Local Events

John Rolfe, First-Person Interpretation TalkJohn Rolfe, First-Person Interpretation Talk
June 22, 2024 - June 22, 2024
Hanover County

John Rolfe set sail for Virginia in 1609. Despite being shipwrecked in Bermuda, he later made it to the devasted Jamestown colony. Contrary to the wid... Read More

Dr. James CraikDr. James Craik
July 06, 2024 - July 06, 2024
Hanover County

Dr. James Craik was one of George Washington's oldest and closest friends. They met while serving in the Virginia Regiment during the French and India... Read More

Thomas Jefferson, first-person interpreter talkThomas Jefferson, first-person interpreter talk
July 13, 2024 - July 13, 2024
Hanover County

The author of the Declaration of Independence, the architect of the Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom, and the founder of the University of Virgin... Read More

Here Ye, HanoverHere Ye, Hanover
July 20, 2024 - July 20, 2024
Hanover County

Join the Hanover 250th Commission for "Here Ye, Hanover," a full-day event of merriment and enlightenment! Partake in an array of festivities that sha... Read More

Here Ye, HanoverHere Ye, Hanover
July 20, 2024 - July 20, 2024
Hanover County

Join the Hanover 250th Commission for "Here Ye, Hanover," a full-day event of merriment and enlightenment! Partake in an array of festivities that sha... Read More

"The Great Badge of Freedom" — The Hanover Resolves 250th Commemoration"The Great Badge of Freedom" — The Hanover Resolves 250th Commemoration
July 20, 2024 - July 20, 2024
Hanover County

On July 20, 1774, the citizens of Hanover County met at the courthouse to elect representatives for the upcoming First Virginia Convention at Williams... Read More

Martha Washington, first-person interpreterMartha Washington, first-person interpreter
July 27, 2024 - July 27, 2024
Hanover County

Often called the "Mother of our Country", Martha Dandridge Custis Washington was extremely instrumental in her husband George's political and military... Read More

John Paul Jones, first-person interpreterJohn Paul Jones, first-person interpreter
August 03, 2024 - August 03, 2024
Hanover County

Hear the story of how merchant John Paul Jones came to Virginia and, by befriending other Scottish Virginians, Jones became embroiled in the Revolutio... Read More

Abigail Adams, First-Person ReenactmentAbigail Adams, First-Person Reenactment
August 17, 2024 - August 17, 2024
Hanover County

The wife of the second president of the United States and the mother of the sixth, Abigail Smith Adams is famous for her admonition to her husband to ... Read More

The ParsonsThe Parsons' Cause - Prelude to Revolution
August 24, 2024 - August 24, 2024
Hanover County

One December 1, 1763, a country lawyer from Hanover stepped from obscurity into the forefront of legal and political circles in Virginia. His name was... Read More

The American Revolution ExperienceThe American Revolution Experience
September 29, 2024 - October 26, 2024
Hanover County

This innovative pop-up exhibition includes display panels and interactive digital kiosks that use storytelling, illustration, technology and unique ar... Read More

VA250 Commission

Contact

Shelby Walker
804-365-3277


News

New signage, research at Hanover County's Scotchtown site to tell more about Patrick Henry

New signage, research at Hanover County’s Scotchtown site to tell more about Patrick Henry

July 21, 2023
Richmond Times-Dispatch

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