Discover Hanover’s History with Historic Tours

Delve into Hanover’s historic side on one of many tours available to the public.  Weather you’re a history buff or novice, there’s a tour for you in Hanover!

marketHanover Area Historical Society
Get to the roots of Hanover’s history with a visit to the Hanover Area Historical Society, located at 21 Baltimore St. The Society currently operates the Yelland Research Library, offering a collection pertaining to the area’s history; the Warehime-Myers Mansion at 305 Baltimore St., which is open for tours; and the Neas House, at 103 West Chestnut St. For more information, visit or 717-637-6413.

Battle of Hanover

Hanover is one of seven communities designated as a PA Civil War Trails Community. Relive the encounter that has become known as the Battle of Hanover through a two-mile self-guided walking tour, laid tour with wayside markers.  Download your walking tour brochure here.   Want to dive even further into Hanover’s Civil War history?  Visit the world-famous Gettysburg Electric Map, now housed in the Hanover Heritage Conference Center.  Visitors have the chance to view the restored 30-by-30-foot map, which tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg using 632 special lights to show how the battle unfolded.  The map is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. *Click here for current showings and information, or email to arrange a group showing.

mapHanover Fire Museum
Established in 1980, the Hanover Fire Museum houses close to 200 years of Hanover’s fire service history, and honors those who dedicated their lives to protecting the community. The museum is packed with firefighting apparatus, memorabilia and displays, including the horse-drawn 1882 Silsby Steamer. Visit the museum at 241 N. Franklin St.; for hours and information, call 717-637-6671.

Trolley Trail
Hop on the historic Hanover Trolley line, which ran from Hanover to West York, for miles of fun whether walking, running or biking. A two-mile section is located in Penn Township and Hanover Borough, and stretches from Cherry Tree Court to Gitts Run Road. The Hanover Trolley Trail and other portions of the York-Hanover line are monitored by the York County Rail Trail Authority. For more information, visit