Vision

In 2012, the Hanover community created the following vision for Downtown Hanover:

Hanover, Pennsylvania, at the crossroads of history and heritage in the southwestern corner of York County, is a bucolic residential community and a bustling hub of industry and innovation. Centrally located, Downtown Hanover is easily accessible, at the intersection of PA State Routes 94, 194 and 116, and a relaxing scenic drive from Gettysburg. Experience Downtown Hanover as an affordable place to live, an ideal place to work, a vibrant place to shop, and a fun place to be.

Get a taste of what Downtown Hanover has to offer…

As a way of life. Downtown Hanover is an inviting home to young professionals, families, and empty nesters, where people choose to live and work in a walkable and healthy community, enjoying a high quality of life. Utilizing upper floor living opportunities, downtown offers a variety of unique and creative places to be and to be seen. Gather on the Square and town’s many parks, meet new friends and connect with old ones for a quick lunch, a relaxing dinner, or an evening concert.

As an economic & industrial hub. Supported by an educated workforce focused on lifelong learning and a strong work ethic, Downtown Hanover is the center of inventive and traditional manufacturing and industry. By sustaining and investing in local artists and innovators, start up businesses, or lasting generational establishments, the spirit of entrepreneurship is strong and thriving in Downtown Hanover.

Appreciate the rich historic character. Downtown Hanover’s storied past and legendary colonial and Civil War history provide the foundation for discovering and honoring those who have come before - from the town’s sturdy German roots to tales from the Battle of Hanover. As a first time visitor or a lifelong resident, stroll through town and enjoy the strong preservation ethic while marveling at the historic architecture including Colonial Revival and Queen Anne style buildings.

Enjoy food, glorious food. Whether it’s enjoying the bounty from the Hanover Farmers’ Market, sampling the flavors of Hanover’s local snack food kings, or dining at outdoor cafés, neighborhood pubs, and local bistros, Downtown Hanover appeals to a variety of tastes. Celebrate a special occasion, grab a quick bite, or enjoy an everyday meal and delight in locally-grown food and locally-inspired cuisine.

This vision is realized and will become a reality as a result of a unified, coordinated, and progressive group of private, public, and non-profit stakeholders and community members.