With miles of open space to explore, you can discover history, adventure and an easily accessible location in Hanover County. Here, more than 400 years of American history live on through preserved artifacts, historical buildings and hallowed battlefields. Hanover is one of the fastest-growing counties in the state, with approximately 100,000 residents.

Just 12 miles north of Richmond — between the beautiful Chickahominy and Pamunkey Rivers — Hanover County is home to the authentic railroad town of Ashland and Randolph-Macon College, the oldest Methodist College in the United States. It 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.

The county prides itself on maintaining its rural roots while still providing residents the quaint small town amenities blended with large businesses for a well-rounded mixed use of cultural and shopping experiences. Enjoy the true small-town appeal of Ashland, where locally owned shops, restaurants and a charming town center recall the feel of a simpler time. Witness the historic and rural setting with the luxury and convenience of modern shopping, restaurants, and neighborhoods.

Hanover is the hometown of Virginia’s first governor under the Constitution of 1776, Patrick Henry. You can dine in the 225-year-old Hanover Tavern that has hosted George Washington, Patrick Henry and the Marquis de Lafayette. Revolutionary armies and Civil War troops frequently visited the Tavern. In addition, residents enjoy the great outdoors at one of its many parks or rivers. You can conquer the thrills of 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.


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