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Hanover County

Hanover County is located north of Richmond on both the east and west sides of I-95. The Chickahominy River forms the border of the county in the Mechanicsville area. Prior to the arrival of English settlers, Hanover County was a hunting ground for the Pamunkey and Chickahominy Native American tribes. The area was settled by plantation owners and tobacco farmers. Hanover was officially formed on November 26, 1720, from the area of New Kent. It was named for King George I of England, who was Elector of Hanover in Germany when he assumed the British throne. Patrick Henry, the “Orator of the Revolution” and the first elected Governor of Virginia, was born in Studley in 1736. Henry famously argued the Parson’s Cause case against the King at Hanover Courthouse. Scotchtown, Patrick Henry’s home from 1771 to 1778, has been preserved and is now a popular tourist destination. Hanover County celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2020.


2010 Population


Land area in sq mi


Persons per sq mi

The population of
Hanover grew


in the past 24 years.
Residents per square mile
increased by


in the past 24 years.
Median age of residents
increased by 8.5 to

0 years

between 1990 and 2014.


of Hanover's working residents work inside the county.

Hanover County

County Administrator

Board of Supervisors (Website)

Main Administration Building
7516 County Complex Rd.
Hanover, VA 23069
Google Maps link

Phone number: (804) 365-6000


Featured Reports:

Local Pride

  • Historic Hanover County Courthouse
  • Hanover Tavern
  • Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown
  • Beaverdam Depot
  • Beaver Dam Creek Battlefield
  • Cold Harbor Civil War Battlefield
  • Gaines Mill Civil War Battlefield
  • Gathright House
  • Rural Plains at Tortopotomoy Creek Civil War Battlefield
  • Historic Polegreen Church
  • Sycamore Tavern

County Events

  • Hanover Tomato Festival
  • Kings Dominion & Soak City
  • Southern Food Fest

Learn more


U.S. Decennial Census 1990-2010, American Community Survey, 2014 5-Year Estimates.
U.S. Census, OnTheMap Application, Longitudinal-Employer Household Dynamics Program, 2014.