About Hanover


Explore Hanover County, Virginia

Just 12 miles north of Richmond — between the beautiful Chickahominy and Pamunkey Rivers — you'll find Hanover County, home to the authentic railroad town of Ashland and Randolph-Macon College, the oldest Methodist College in the United States. Pay a visit to this peaceful community, which, prior to the arrival of the first English settlers, served as a hunting ground for the Pamunkey and Chickahominy Indians. Hanover County was officially formed in 1720, and named for King George I of England, who was Elector of Hannover in Germany when he assumed the British throne.

Hanover is one of the fastest-growing counties in the state, with approximately 100,000 residents. Enjoy the true small-town appeal of Ashland, where locally-owned shops, restaurants and a quaint town center recall the feel of a simpler time. Witness the historic charm and rural setting with the luxury and convenience of modern shopping, restaurants, and neighborhoods.

Past Glories and Present Thrills in Hanover, VA

Tour Scotchtown, the family home of Virginia's first governor, one of Hanover County‘s most famous former residents: Patrick Henry. Visit Hanover Courthouse Complex, where this spirited orator successfully argued the 1763 Parson's Cause Case against the British crown. 

Pump up the adrenaline at Kings Dominion, a 400-acre amusement park open from March through October, featuring one of the largest roller coaster collections on the East Coast as well as a 20-acre water park. Honor the county's most famous crop at the Hanover Tomato Festival, celebrated each July. Discover the wholesome fun, adventure and relaxation to be had in Hanover County, VA.

Tap into the authentic heart and soul of Virginia in Hanover County. This comprehensive travel guide features helpful tips on everything from Civil War battlefields to roller coasters, water parks, hayrides and wineries. Start planning your trip now!