Hanover County homes for sale have attracted a lot of attention in the last few months as the summer real estate season kicks into full swing. Our real estate agents are keeping busy across Hanover and the rest of Virginia, but there's always room to welcome another client.
Hanover County includes such notable communities as Ashland, Mechanicsville, Doswell, and Montpelier. Hanover County's towns and cities are welcoming, safe, and tight-knit, reflecting a commitment to community that has persisted for centuries. For all the things that bind the locals together, though, there's one you might not think of at first: Tomatoes.
That's right – tomatoes are one of Virginia's most important crops.
And Hanover County is home to the top tomato festival in the United States.
The 4th of July isn't the only major celebration that goes on in Hanover in July.
If you've never had a delicious farm fresh tomato before, you might be surprised just how rich and flavorful they can be. However, Virginia locals know that a good tomato is just as nuanced as any other part of your salad – whether you consider it a fruit or a vegetable.
Tomatoes are one of the main crops in Virginia, so it's no surprise local farmers have had plenty of practice creating the most succulent, colorful, and plain old delicious tomatoes around.
Each year, the state harvests more than 2,000 acres of fresh-market tomatoes. All those salads, soups, sandwiches, and much more lead to more than $34 million in sales annually.
That's a lot of tomato sauce!
Virginia's Eastern Shore is the biggest hub of tomato-focused agriculture, but it can be found all throughout the state. Hanover County has the distinction of being home to the most popular tomato-based event: In fact, this year will be the 40th Annual Hanover Tomato Festival.
It's taking place on Saturday, July 14 in Pole Green Park, Mechanicsville.
Every year, the event showcases the best that tomatoes have to offer. Tomato tastings are the centerpiece of the event, but attendees will also enjoy live music, vendors, contests, and much more. It's a fun, festive, family-friendly atmosphere.
There'll even be a special cooling station for pets – Bow-Wow Beach – and an area with lots of exciting activities for kids 12 and under. With that care and attention to detail, there really will be something for everyone ... even if you (gasp!) don't like tomatoes.
More than 150 artisans and businesses will be on hand with merchandise including apparel and art.
If you can't get enough of tomatoes, then stop in early on Friday, July 13 to get your foot in the door with "Tomato-Palooza." The highlight that day is tomato-first cuisine, including food trucks using locally-sourced tomatoes in iconic dishes.
At Napier ERA, we're passionate about everything Hanover has in store. When you have a chance to take a look at all of the amazing homes for sale, you might just feel the same way.
Contact Napier ERA to find out more about finding your home in Hanover.
Large or small, Virginia's communities have so much to offer that it's hard to choose one to settle in. One of the most attractive things about the state is how history seems to come alive in so many ways. Every chapter in the nation's history has played out in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
There's perhaps no better example of this than Hanover Tavern in Hanover County, VA.
Hanover Tavern is a Unique Glimpse Into Colonial America
Located right in Hanover Courthouse, Hanover Tavern is the direct descendant of the original tavern that was licensed to stand on the spot all the way back in 1733 – more than 40 years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As taverns go, it's one of the oldest in the United States.
It's not surprising, then, that Hanover County locals throughout the centuries have worked hard to maintain and protect it. Not only has so much of its history been preserved, but it has actually continued to function as a tavern for much of the time it has stood.
The story of Hanover Tavern started through necessity.
One of the Epicenters of Virginia Community Since the Start
In the country's early history, the vast majority of people lived in rural areas. The population was so sparse that it was only necessary to hold court once a month in most places.
The judge and those with legal complaints would typically travel from very far away. With that in mind, a tavern was a crucial part of giving them all good food and a warm bed. Stables and other amenities were needed for the large stagecoach teams.
The Hanover Tavern was the solution and has been a fixture of the community ever since.
Since opening its doors 284 years ago, this unique landmark has had many famous guests.
During the Revolutionary War, the Marquis de Lafayette and several of his comrades stayed at the Hanover Tavern. Likewise, George Washington wrote diary entries about it. We know that he stayed at the Hanover Courthouse complex at least twice. Patrick Henry once lived there, and the Patrick Henry Tour – known as Road to Revolution – is a popular attraction even today.
Throughout the Civil War, the Hanover Tavern gained even more importance. It entered the National Registry of Historic Places and became one of the keystone sights on the various Civil War tours and trails. As time went on, more and more notable people passed through.
Some of these include literary giants Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Dickens.
The Hanover Tavern Today: A "Must See" For History Lovers
Today, Hanover Tavern – and Hanover County in general – is still welcoming guests.
The Tavern offers seasonal menus showcasing local favorites like the lunch brisket sandwich, duroc pork, and shrimp and grits. All year around, you can get tavern fare with a distinctive local flourish that's helped the Tavern command rave reviews online.
No matter when you visit, you'll also find a full calendar of events at the Tavern. Businesses and community groups alike use it. Adult education in things like painting and handicrafts are held frequently.
Want more? The Tavern can be rented for other special occasions, or you can simply visit as part of your grand evening at the Virginia Repertory Theater. The Theater is just steps from the Tavern and is the oldest continually-operating dinner theater in America.