300th Birthday Celebration in 2020

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Hanover County was formed by action of the Virginia General Assembly on November 26, 1720. In 2020, the County will be celebrating its 300th birthday.

A citizens committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors is planning the 300th birthday celebration in 2020. The committee generally meets on the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Multiple events during the year, both existing events and new ‘signature’ events, will celebrate the birthday. These were the signature events approved by the citizens committee. :

  • At Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown on May 30;
  • At Ashland’s Strawberry Faire on June 6; 
  • At the Hanover Tomato Festival on July 11; 
  • And a culminating celebration on October 17, at Hanover Courthouse from 9 a.m. until noon. An official ceremony will mark the County’s birthday and open the new Hanover Museum of History and Culture. Hanover Tavern’s AutumnFest will be held across U.S. Rt. 301 on that day as well.

However, changes have taken place due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The 2020 Strawberry Faire has been cancelled. The event at Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown has been postponed; Preservation Virginia hopes to offer it in the fall of 2020.

Volunteers are needed and partnerships are sought with local organizations and businesses. Here’s a form to sign up to volunteer.

To contact a staff person to get information about the celebration or find out how you can help, e-mail hanover300@hanovercounty.gov

Highlights of Hanover County’s rich history can be read here

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

Partners in this celebration include the Hanover Chamber of Commerce, Kings Dominion and Hanover Tavern.

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