300th Birthday Celebration

300th birthday

Hanover County will celebrate its 300th birthday with a family-friendly public event on Saturday, August 28, highlighted by the opening of the Hanover Museum of History & Culture on the grounds of the historic Hanover Courthouse.

There will be live music, vendors, games for children and activities for all ages, museum tours and re-enactments. The Parsons Cause acting troupe will perform at 11 and 12 in the historic Courthouse. Food, ice cream, lemonade and bottled water will be available.

The Board of Supervisors will cut the ribbon on the new museum at 9:30 a.m. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, August 29, from 12-4.

The first 500 families to visit the County's Welcome Table will receive free gifts commemorating the once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Local businesses have also donated gifts and raffle drawings will take place periodically.

There will be many exhibitors, including Dynamo Soccer, Culture Works, the Hanover Youth Services Council, the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, the Hanover Historical Society, the Hanover Black Heritage Society, Hanover Tavern, Patrick Henry's Scotchtown, historic Polegreen Church, Hanover Master Gardeners and the Virginia Association of Museums. 

Hanover County and its partners, including the Richmond Flying Squirrels, Kings Dominion, Hanover Tavern and Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, have scheduled other events that are part of the County’s 300th birthday celebration this summer and fall. The celebration kicked off with a Richmond Flying Squirrels game on August 7. Dominion Energy is the sponsor.

The Hanover Museum of History & Culture features exhibits pertaining to Hanover's history and also its current way of life, as well as visitor information about the county's attractions. The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, "Crossroads: Change in Rural America", will be on display until late October. The Ashland Museum has been a valuable partner in securing this exhibit for the Hanover Museum. 

On the weekends of August 21-22 and August 28-29, Kings Dominion will host “Hanover Days” with special discounted prices for Hanover residents.

On Saturday, September 11, Hanover County Parks & Recreation will hold a Classic Car Cruise-In at Hanover High School from 4-7 p.m.

On Thursday, September 23, County Administrator John A. Budesky and former Hanover County Planning Director and Deputy County Administrator (and current Ashland Town Council member) John H. Hodges will participate in a moderated community conversation about the past and future of Hanover County at 7 p.m. This program will be offered in the theater at Hanover Tavern and replayed on a recurring basis in the Hanover Museum of History & Culture. The Hanover Tavern restaurant is open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on September 23. The program is free, but seating is limited. To make a reservation, email the Ashland Museum at ashlandmuseum@comcast.netMasks are required inside the Tavern.  

On Saturday, September 25, Hanover Tavern will hold its big fall event - the Hanover AutumnFest - from 10-3. The 6th annual Hanover AutumnFest presented by Anton Paar is the Hanover Tavern Foundation’s signature community event of the year. The Tavern grounds become the backdrop for a day of food, family fun, and live music. Preceding the AutumnFest, Hanover County Parks and Recreation will hold the History 5K Run at 9 a.m. at the Hanover Courthouse. Register for the History 5K Run online on the Parks & Recreation webpage, https://secure.rec1.com/VA/hanover-county-va/catalog. If you need assistance you can call the Department at 365-7150.

On Saturday, October 2, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown will hold its 300th anniversary and Fall Festival from 10-5. Enjoy live music, food trucks, a petting zoo, a selection of beverage options and continuous tours of Scotchtown. Living history interpreters portraying Patrick Henry, Sarah Henry and Charles Chiswell will be present along with traditional artisans demonstrating their trades and selling their wares.

On Thursday, November 11, Hanover County Parks and Recreation will observe Veterans Day with a ceremony at the Hanover Veterans Memorial at Wayside Park beginning at 11 a.m.

Hanover’s actual birthday is November 26. Follow the County’s social media platforms and this page and we'll keep you informed of what is going on.  

Click here  for an interactive map with addresses, descriptions, and photos of some of Hanover’s most historic sites.


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