300th Birthday Celebration in 2020


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 are the signature events that have been approved so far:

  • At Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown on May 30, 2020;
  • At Ashland’s Strawberry Faire on June 6, 2020; 
  • At the Hanover Tomato Festival on July 11, 2020; 
  • And a culminating celebration on October 17, 2020, split between Hanover Courthouse in the morning and at Hanover High School in the afternoon. In the morning, an official ceremony will mark the County’s birthday and open the new Hanover Museum of History and Culture. In the afternoon, the County’s past, present and future will be celebrated with numerous activities involving non-profits, churches and other community partners and featuring music.

The calendar of 300th birthday events can be read here.

You can help finance this celebration with donations, which will be tax-deductible. Financial support and volunteers will be needed and partnerships will be sought with many 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.

Sponsorship opportunities can be read here.

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

Hanover Chamber of Commerce Logo

Hanover Tavern Logo

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