County of HanoverHanover County

Hanover is an excellent environment in which to live, for it offers a taste of rural America (it is the home of the internationally renowned Hanover Tomato) in the greater Richmond area. Hanover County also is great horse country and boasts some of the finest livestock farms in central Virginia. The County continues to be an exciting community where history is preserved for the future.

Hanover County is ranked among the top 50 localities in the United States for quality of life by the American City Business Journals.  It openly shares with curious visitors a unique glimpse of history. Patrick Henry, one of the more vocal leaders of the American Revolution and famous for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, was born in Hanover and lived at his Scotchtown home in Hanover, one of the oldest plantations dating back to 1736. The Hanover Courthouse is more than 250 years old and is the second oldest continuously used courthouse in America. The Civil War era, with preserved Civil War battlefields, holds memories of historic moments such as the Seven Days Battle and the Battle of Cold Harbor.

Hanover's contemporary life is that of a vibrant rural and suburban locality. It has two interstate highways, I-95 and I-295, which are among the busiest in the eastern United States. The County has a population of approximately 97,000. This includes those residing in the Town of Ashland, an authentic railroad town. Trains still rumble through the center of town, past Randolph-Macon College, lovely Victorian homes, and various shops. Randolph-Macon College is the oldest Methodist College in the United States.

The area abounds with a wide spectrum of cultural, recreational and entertainment activities. Our moderate, four-season climate allows for a variety of outdoor enjoyment and sensory excitement.

Prior to English colonization what is today Hanover County was hunting ground for the Pamunkey and Chickahominy Indians. In the late 17th century it was settled by plantation owners and others involved in the tobacco related economy. At that time it was part of New Kent County. Hanover County was officially formed on November 26, 1720 from the area of New Kent County called St. Paul's Parish. It was named for King George I of England, who was Elector of Hannover in Germany when he came to the throne. Two early port towns on the Pamunkey River were Hanovertown and Newcastle. Both were mercantile villages from which tobacco was shipped to England. Neither exists today.

Hanover County enjoys a reputation as one of the best-run counties in the country. The County has maintained a strong bond rating of AA1/AA/AA+, with only 35 counties nationwide and 5 counties in Virginia having higher bond ratings. 

Hanover County Public Schools is a growing, national award-winning suburban school district.  Approximately 19,000 students attend the twenty-one comparably successful schools--thirteen elementary, four middle, and four high schools.  Hanover County’s less-than-one-percent student drop-out rate (0.44 %) coupled with standardized test scores among the very best in Virginia illustrate the district’s philosophy to find the wealth in every child. 

The editors of the Richmond-Times Dispatch have said, “Hanover County has reason to think of itself as the jewel in the crown of Richmond-area localities.  With low taxes, little crime, good schools, and a bucolic atmosphere only a few minutes from downtown Richmond, it enjoys the best of both the urban and rural worlds.” (October 26, 1999)

Hanover County has approximately 21 departments and 1,200 employees. 

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Hanover:  People, Tradition & Spirit