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

The History of African American Music in AmericaThe History of African American Music in America
February 22, 2024 - February 22, 2024
Hanover County

The History of African American Music in America featuring Jessi Johnson Peterson with Samantha Willis and Flautist Glennroy Bailey with Bill Evans. ... Read More

"Bound to the Fire" with Dr. Kelley Deetz"Bound to the Fire" with Dr. Kelley Deetz
March 23, 2024 - March 23, 2024
Hanover County

Scotchtown and Preservation Virginia are honored to host renowned author, historian, and archaeologist Dr. Kelley Deetz as she discusses her powerful ... Read More

Liberty or Death: A Muster at Scotchtown with the 7th Virginia RegimentLiberty or Death: A Muster at Scotchtown with the 7th Virginia Regiment
March 23, 2024 - March 23, 2024
Hanover County

On the 249th anniversary of Patrick Henry's Liberty or Death Speech, come and visit Scotchtown to witness the result of his famous speech, namely, a p... Read More

Lafayette Returns to HanoverLafayette Returns to Hanover
May 19, 2024 - May 19, 2024
Hanover County

We are pleased to welcome back the Marquis de Lafayette as he recalls his experiences in America during the Revolution and on his return 200 years ago... 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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