At the heart of Hanover is a downtown that is thriving and full of activity. With so much to see and do, we are so pleased to provide visitors with a great variety of ideas and itineraries to experience with a visit to our historic downtown.
As partners with Explore York and Destination Gettysburg, as well as Civil War Trails, we share what we can to help continue to drive tourism to downtown Hanover.
The town of Hanover in York County, Pennsylvania was laid out in 1763 around a hub of five radiating streets which led to towns and cities in southern Pennsylvania and in Maryland (Abbottstown, Baltimore, Carlisle, Frederick, and York). This lucrative location at the prominent center of commerce provided goods and services to scores of travelers.
Railroads brought further economic well-being to the town and its prominence as a trade center increased. Industries anxious to take advantage of this profitable access to outlying markets began to locate along the railroad tracks in northern Hanover.
This economic boom prompted railroad activity and Hanover entered into its most prolific period of building construction during the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
As a continued hub of industry, it is the second-largest and second-wealthiest town in York County, and is continuously growing. As of 2012, there were 15,289 residents living within the 3.7 square miles encompassed by the Borough. With consistent growth and development, many new neighborhoods as well as commercial areas surrounding the downtown continue to be built and expand the Hanover community.
Heart of Hanover
Heart of Hanover Trails is our newest walking trail experience to learn all about Hanover’s Civil War History. Visit our dedicated webpage with interactive map, or start your walk using one of our itineraries.
Hanover Trail Towns
Main Street Hanover worked with the York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) to form the Hanover Action Team to introduce the Hanover Community to the York County Trail Towns program. Trail Towns are communities adjacent to public trails that choose to embrace the trail as an opportunity for economic growth and improved quality of life.
Have It Made Here
Main Street Hanover is a proud participant in the county’s destination brand. Hanover has always embraced the maker’s spirit that drives the economy of York County. We participate through partnerships with makers in the community to produce Brewery Olympics and other efforts throughout the year.
Learn More About Hanover Today!
Learn about Main Street Hanover and our mission to promote and grow the downtown.