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The abuse lawyers in Hanover bring you this informative article on the borough. Discover the history of the area along with its many features.

History of Hanover

Hanover is a borough of York County, Pennsylvania. The area belonged to Irish noblemen John Digges in 1727 through a 10,000-acre land grant from Charles Calvert, the fourth Lord Baltimore. Called Diggers Choice, a group of Catholics settled in the area in 1730 and formed the Conewago Settlement. In 1745, Scot-Irishman Richard McAllister bought the tract of land that would be the original town of Hanover. The town of Hanover was founded in 1763 after McAllister divided his farm into lots. It was named after the German city of Hanover through the suggestion of Michael Tanner – a commissioner who helped laid out York County.

After the American Revolutionary War, the population in Hanover increased rapidly until the War of 1812. During the war, residents of the town and others in the vicinity were part of two companies of infantry commanded by Captain. John Blair and Frederick Metzgar. On September 12, 1814, they defeated the British at North Point after marching on foot since August 28.

In 1852, with the development of the Hanover Branch Railroad to Hanover Junction, the town flourished once again. A little over a decade later, the Battle of Hanover was fount in the town on June 30, 1863, during the American Revolution. Hanover was also the site of the final encounter between the Confederate and Union forces before the Battle of Gettysburg.

Industries that have enhanced the economy of Hanover include the making of:

  • Gloves
  • Silks
  • Shirts
  • Shoes
  • Wire cloth
  • Flavine
  • Cigar
  • Water Wheels
  • Flour
  • Machin-shop products
  • Furniture
  • Ironstone grinders

The borough has also been known as the Black Rose Community and the "Snack Capital of the World." As of 2010, it has a population of 15,289 people. It is situated within a productive agricultural region.

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Historic Sites

In Hanover Borough, there are several landmarks and establishments that are historically significant to the area. Those who have been added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) are Hanover Historic District, US Post Office-Hanover, Eichelberger High School and George Nace (Neas) House.

George Neas House

George Neas House was built by Mathias Neas around 1783. Part of the Hanover Historic District, the historic home is of the Federal architectural style. It can be found on West Chestnut Street. Today, the two-and-a-half-story brick dwelling has been restored. As of 1974, it is owned by the Hanover Area Historical Society. On April 26, 1972, it was listed on the NRHP.

The Neas House serves as the headquarters of the society and a museum. It is open to the public for tours between April to October on Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. Also housed in the museum is the Yelland Library. Its collection is available to the public on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Codorus State Park

Located just three miles east of the borough of Hanover is the Codorus State Park. The 3,500-acre Pennsylvania state park was developed around the man-made Lake Marburg and opened in 1970. It was named after the Codorus Creek that forms the lake. Residents and visitors in the area love the park for its recreational activities like picnicking, camping and swimming in the pool. Other amenities offered at the park include XC Skiing, Ice Skating, Snowmobiling, Hiking, Wildlife Watching, Boating, Fishing, Scuba Diving, Mountain Biking, Hunting, Horseback Riding, Disc Golfing, and more. Managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, it is open 24/7.

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