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Hanover PA Historic DistrictHanover, PA history begins in the 1730s when a thoughtful entrepreneur opened a combination tavern, inn, and store at the crossroads of the highways between Pennsylvania and Maryland and between Baltimore and Carlisle. In 1763, that entrepreneur, Richard McAllister, established a town surrounding his tavern and it didn't take long for settlers to arrive. 
 

In 1852, the first railroad reached the town and helped Hanover to grow even more. Throughout the remainder of the 1800s and into the 1900s, Hanover continued to expand and prosper. Today, this central area of Hanover is now called the Hanover Historic District and more than 3,000 buildings and sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.


Hanover PA Historic Homes

Many of the individual buildings that make up the Hanover PA Historic District are homes and residential areas. One of the oldest homes in the area, the George Neas House on West Chestnut Street, has been acquired by the Hanover Area Historical Society and restored to closely match it's original 1780s appearance and features a number of artifacts and a cookbook from that era.

Most of the historic homes in Hanover PA are still lived in today. The majority were built from around 1870 to 1919 and feature Queen Anne and Colonial Revival architecture styles. Mixed in with these, you'll also find the occasional row home, Romanesque style, and Pennsylvania German style. Homes in the area were torn down, built, and rebuilt as the community needed them over the years so it's not uncommon to see houses from several different eras all sharing the same block.

Places to See in Historic Hanover PA

Along with the historically significant homes in the area, Hanover, PA is home to a number of historical sites and important places. Here are a few that make the top of the list.

  • Union Station. Located at 235 Railroad Street, Union Station was built in 1892 and is an important representation of an elegant passenger station at that time. 
     
  • Hanover Shoe Store. One of the rare examples of the Art Deco style in the Hanover Historic District, the Hanover Shoe Store is located at 5 Center Square and was a retail outlet for shoes produced in the local Hanover Shoe Company facility.
     
  • Hanover Steam Fire Engine Company. Although the building located at 118 Chestnut Street now serves as a residential apartment building, from the outside you can still see the old 1914 fire station construction and the lookout tower is still intact. 
     
  • B&O Railroad Freight Car. Once of the few objects to be placed on the registry, the freight car is permanently kept at 112 Fulton Street and is in the process of being fully restored.
     

Hanover's Future

Hanover, Pennsylvania has been a part of our nation's history from its earliest years and will continue to be a great place to work and to call home. To learn more about living in historic Hanover, review our list of the current Hanover, PA homes for sale. Contact Homesale Realty today for helping finding a home in Hanover.

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