Hanover dates back to 1719 when it was created from part of New Kent County. Named after the position of King George I as Electorate of Hanover at the time, the county is beloved for its hometown feelings and historic landscapes.

Hanover Courthouse

Hanover is the birthplace of Patrick Henry and is home to Rural Plains, also known as the Shelton House, where he was married to his wife, Sarah Shelton. Not only that, the house was damaged while caught in the middle of the Battle of Totopotomoy Creek. At the County’s Courthouse, only a fifteen minute drive down the road, Patrick Henry gave his famous Parson’s Cause speech in 1763 and reenactments are common. Hanover County is also the birthplace of Henry Clay, author of the Missouri Compromise.

Located only twelve miles north of Richmond city and about 90 miles south of Washington, D.C., the county is rich with Civil War history including battlefields, such as Cold Harbor, and churches. Nine different parks with activities for the kids and beautiful scenery. Hanover parks are known for their beautiful walks and how welcome they are to children and pets. Shelters and fields in many parks can be reserved for community events. The town of Doswell is located inside Hanover where visitors and locals find a beloved amusement park, Kings Dominion. This 400-acre park is full of roller coasters, a water park, and shows to entertain the entire family. 

Hanover is famous for its delicious tomato. Be sure to visit the Hanover Tomato Festival held each summer.

With easy access to I-95 and I-295, Hanover is a beautiful place to visit.

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