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A Brief History of Hanover, PA

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The car accident attorneys in Hanover, PA, present this article to offer a detailed excerpt about the neighborhood.

Hanover is a borough in York County, Pennsylvania. The borough spans 3.70 square miles and hosts an approximate population of 15,719 with a population density of 4,252.98 per square mile. The town is just 5 miles over from the Mason-Dixie Line and is in a productive agricultural region.

Hanover is located within ZIP codes 17331, 17332, 17333, and 17335 and area codes 717 and 223.


The history of Hanover, PA, begins in 1727 when John Digges, an Irish nobleman of Prince George's County, Maryland, obtained a grant of 10,000 acres of land.

The 10,000 acres was named Digges Choice until a large population of Catholics moved to the area and began a settlement known as the Conewego Settlement in 1730.

Hanover soon became home to settlers from Maryland and Pennsylvania; although they could not agree on borderlines, the area we know as Hanover is claimed by both states. By the 1760s, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon surveyed the Mason-Dixon Line and finally concluded the dispute over land rights.

Ownership of the land shifted in 1745 when Richard McAllister, a Presbyterian Scottish-Irishman who migrated from the Cumberland Valley, purchased the land.

During this time, Hanover consisted of dense forest until McAllister constructed a log house and opened a store and tavern. By 1763, McAllister founded the town of Hanover, and it was nicknamed "Hickory Town" by many German settlers. It wasn't until 1749 that the town's name Hanover was suggested by Michael Tanner, a commissioner who laid out York County. The name was inspired by Hannover, Germany but was also referred to as "McAllister's Town" during the time.

During the American Civil War, Hanover was the site of the Battle of Hanover on June 30, 1863. The battle occurred between the Confederate calvary and the Union calvary when a fight began in modern-day Frederick Street.

The town of Hanover has seen great history. One of the most recent monumental moments for the town occurred on October 24, 2018, when the borough's first African-American mayor, Mynece Ojo, was sworn in. Myneca Ojo was the former Director of Diversity at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and only the second woman mayor in Hanover.

Historic District

Hanover, PA, is home to the Hanover Historic District, bordered by Elm Avenue, Broadway, Eisenhower Drive, and Hollywood Avenue.

The district consists of 2,632 buildings, four contributing sites, three contributing structures, and The Picket Project. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

Some of the historic sites within the district include,

  • Eichelberger High School, also known as Hanover Middle School and Eichelberger Academy, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
  • George Neas House, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
  • U.S. Post Office- Hanover, designed in 1910 by James Knox Taylor, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

Want to learn more? See the related: The History and Community of Northampton, PA

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David Petrone
Date Published: June 11, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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