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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

042-0097 Hanover Town

Hanover Town
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VLR Listing Date 06/18/1974

NRHP Listing Date 09/17/1974

NPS property number 74002122

The 18th-century port village of Hanover Town grew up beside tobacco warehouses on the uppermost part of the Pamunkey River. The village site was patented in 1672 by Col. John Page, and the first warehouse began operation in 1730. The community was formally established in 1762 by the House of Burgesses through the efforts of Mann Page II of Rosewell, who had inherited much of John Page’s property. Hanover Town was raided by Lord Cornwallis’s army during the Revolution and declined after the war when the silting of the river inhibited commerce. By the mid-19th century it had almost completely disappeared; shown are the foundations of Page’s warehouse. The village site holds potential archaeological information relating to the structures and layout of a colonial port town.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated November 8, 2018