Hanover County was named for George I, who at the time of his accession to the English throne was elector of Hanover in Germany. The county was formed from New Kent County in 1720. Hanover, the county seat, retains the essential ingredients as well as the ambience of a rural Virginia courthouse village. Included in the complex is the arcaded courthouse of about 1740, a major monument of Virginia's public architecture, where Patrick Henry, the Revolutionary orator, practiced law. Across the road is the rambling wooden Hanover Tavern, an unusually large 18th-century hostelry once owned by Patrick Henry's father-in-law John Shelton.
Geographic Location: Louisa County
Physical Description of Location: Montpelier, VA 23192. Located on Mountain Road (Hwy 33), 0.75 miles northwest of the junction of Mountain Road (Hwy 33) and State Route 664. Marker is on the right when traveling northwest on Mountain Road (Hwy 33).
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