Hanover, Virginia Details
Hanover County was the birthplace of statesman Patrick Henry who was married to Sarah Shelton. Reportedly, the two married in the historic Shelton House, more formally known as Rural Plains, in 1754. The Shelton House dates back to the 1670s, and it has been used for shelter in the revolutionary and civil war as well as a hospital and school. Rural Plains encompasses roughly 125 acres of open land, and a smaller cottage is known as the “Honeymoon Cottage”, which was used by Patrick Henry and Sarah Shelton after their original residence at Pine Slash was destroyed by fire, is located a mile from the Shelton House. Today, the house is maintained by the Richmond National Battlefield Park, as was the death wish of the last descendant William R. Shelton Jr.
Another historical figure from Hanover is Henry Clay, a Kentucky politician that formed the Whig Party. Born from a family of planters, as was the general population at the time, Clay was born in the Clay Homestead.
Immersive Historical Sites
The Beaver Dam Creek Battlefield is where Gen. Robert E. Lee initiated the Seven Days Campaign on June 26, 1862. Gen. Lee struck Union troops behind Beaver Dam Creek in what resulted in the first of many battles during that campaign. Today, the walking trail on the Beaver Dam Creek Battlefield takes visitors on a historic journey through both Union and Confederate army positions.
Another worthwhile battlefield is the Cold Harbor Battlefield Visitor Center. This battlefield was utilized in another part of the Seven Days Campaign. As a strategic stronghold point, the Cold Harbor Battlefield was the location of the 1862 battle of Gaines’ Mill and the 1864 battle of Cold Harbor. Today, the Cold Harbor Battlefield Visitor Center features an electronic battle map programming that describes both battles.
Lastly, a mentionable historic site is the Ashland Museum, which preserves and documents the physical and cultural history of Ashland. The museum features walking tours and events throughout the month. The historical exhibits shine a light on America’s historical events.
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Making History in the Present
Besides the rich historical context of the country, there are also attractions, nightlife, and entertainment in the area. The county boasts more than 1,500 acres of parkland with robust walking trails, historic landmarks, fields, and boating activities.
The Ashland Berry Farm is a family owned working farm that operates throughout the year. Various events occur by season, such as the October pick-your-own pumpkins. Further, there are open farm hours from 9 am to 5 pm, Mondays through Sundays.
Fun for all ages, the Kings Dominion and Kings Dominion Campground features an amusement theme park and campgrounds. With 400 acres and 60 rides from exhilarating thrills to relaxing Ferris wheels, the Kings Dominion theme park has fun for the entire family. Similarly, the Soak City located in Doswell, Virginia is a water park that features attractions for the whole family. Soak City admission tickets are included in park admissions to Kings Dominion.
Lastly, the James River Cellars Winery features a tasting room for a refreshing taste of Virginian grape wines. A full scope of reds to whites is available for the public, who are over 21 years of age. As a family owned establishment, James Batterson, winemaker, creates award-winning wines meant to be enjoyed in the tranquil quart yard. Visitors may have picnics on the beautifully landscaped patio or terrace as well.
Real Estate Information
According to demographics supplied, there is a population of over 100,000 people. The median age is 43 years old, compared to Richmond where there is a median age of 38 years old. The per capita income is $48,575, and the median household income is $77,506. In May 2017 there were 170 units sold, which is 11% higher than 2016. There have been 253 new listings in May 2017, which is an increase of 16%. Further, there are 412 homes in active inventory, which is actually down 22% from 2016. The median sale price is up 2% at $260,000. Comparatively, the median house cost in the state of Virginia is $243,300. Further, the state home values have risen 4.6% since 2016, and Zillow estimates home value index to rise.
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