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Events for 2024

 Archives Fridays

Friday mornings, 10:00am to 12 noon

Location: Activity Room, Hanover Council on Aging, 665 Center St, Hanover, MA 02339

Portions of the Hanover Historical Society Archives are stored at the Council on Aging. This provides not only much needed storage space but an opportunity for volunteers to help work with the collections. Join staff and others working with manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, and more.


Antiques Appraisal Event, Sunday, April 28th, 2024

1:00-4:00 pm, Phoenix Lodge, 133 Broadway, Hanover, MA

Join the appraisers from J. James Auctioneers & Appraisers of Plymouth to learn more about your antique treasures and find out what they are worth. $25/item appraised and proceeds benefit the Norwell and Hanover Historical Societies. Online registration required.


Tavern Night at the Stetson House, Saturday, May 4th, 2024, 5:30pm to 8pm.

On Saturday, May 4th the Hanover Historical Society will host its annual tavern at the Historic Drummer Samuel Stetson House in Hanover Center!

Samuel Stetson was a noted man in 1700s Hanover when his home was a “tavern stand and a famous place of resort.”

Enjoy an evening of good food, traditional tavern games, entertainment from The Road Back Home, and beer from Mayflower Brewery to celebrate the history of Hanover’s 18th Century hospitality. Explore the Stetson House and grounds, see the Cobbler’s Shop and Barn, and join your neighbors from the community for our Annual Tavern Night at Stetson House.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the educational programs of the Hanover Historical Society.
Click the link to reserve your spot!

Thank you to our event sponsors: The Jevne Team Real Estate Agents


Historic Trails Workshop, Monday, May 13th, 6:30 p.m. at the John Curtis Free Library.
The Hanover Historical Society has pledged to add six new walks to our portfolio this year. We have designed three, and are looking to the community for help in designing three more. Join us in the John Curtis Free Library lower-level meeting room with your ideas for new trails (what neighborhoods haven't we walked together?), reinterpretation of frequently walked areas (Hanover Center during the Civil War?) or rambles through our many open spaces with an eye to our community's history. Our three planned walks include full interpretation of Sylvester Field at Hanover Four Corners, now that the bog boards complete the circuit; a Revolutionary War tour of the Hanover Center Cemetery; and a walk along the Hanover Branch Railroad Trail at West Hanover. Where should we go next? Let's decide together! The brainstorming session will take place on Monday night, May 13, 6:30 p.m.
This program sponsored by a grant from the Local Cultural Council


 Trail Walk: Hanover Branch Rail Trail, 1415 Hanover Street

Saturday, June 15th, 2024, 1pm

Hanover Rail Trail, Hanover Branch

Do you remember seeing trains pass through the West Hanover intersection of Rt.139, Pleasant and Market Streets? Join Hanover Historical Society President John Galluzzo for a guided informative walk along Hanover’s Rail Trail. Hanover has preserved portions of the old train railway beds as walking trails. Learn about the years in the 19th and 20th Centuries when trains connected Hanover to Boston by exploring the trail together. The tour will last about an hour about an hour and will take place unless the weather is extreme. Meet at the Rail Trail parking lot on Hanover Street.


Hanover Historical Society local fall market!

Date and time to be announced for September 2024

Shop local vendors and get one of- a-kind goods such as pottery, candles, local honey, and so much more.  Our historic house museum, the Stetson House, will also be open for tours as well as our historic barn and cobbler shop.  Bring the family, get ahead of some holiday shopping and support local artisans while immersed in our historic landscape! 

Hanover Historical Society Annual Meeting

Save the date for the Hanover Historical Society’s Annual Meeting in October, 2024.