Central Virginia's Home for  HISTORY • DINING • THEATRE
13181 Hanover Courthouse Road
(Route 301)
Hanover, VA 23069
(804) 537-5050

Building Our Future Campaign

Building Our Future

A Campaign to Enrich Education, Build Community, & Preserve History



Hanover Tavern Foundation has great news to report!!  The Lipman Foundation has awarded a one-to-one $75,000 challenge grant to help us finalize the $2 million “Building Our Future” campaign.  As part of this initiative, the completion of our beautiful E.J. Wade Coach House has provided a wonderful events center for the expansion of educational programming and rental opportunities.  Improvements to the existing Tavern position the Foundation to accommodate our guests and programs in a more welcoming and functional space, as well as allowing us to host, display, and care for important exhibits and artifacts.

We are thrilled to report that we have reached more than 90% of our goal for the “Building Our Future” campaign.  By providing this challenge grant, The Lipman Foundation has presented an extraordinary opportunity for you to help Hanover Tavern Foundation close out this campaign. You gain the satisfaction of knowing that your financial support is doubled and your gift will be recognized forever. 

Since live stage performances have been a part of Tavern history for the past sixty-five years, it seems appropriate to highlight recognition opportunities within our 150 seat theater.   We personally invite you to Leave Your Legacyby acknowledging, memorializing, and honoring past performers, friends, family members, sons, daughters, grandchildren, foundations, or companies by sponsoring a row or an individual seat. Your recognition plaque will be installed in perpetuity.

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ed-centerEXPAND YEAR ROUND SPACE FOR EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND EVENTS: Completed in the spring of 2015, the E.J. Wade Coach House provides much needed conditioned space for educational programs and community events such as weddings and corporate meetings.


educationENHANCE EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL PROGRAMMING:  The proposed educational and cultural programming consists of improved building interpretation, new Standards of Learning-based programming, outreach programs, dining entertainment, and summer camps all designed to provide a more comprehensive interpretation of the Tavern’s national importance in American, Virginia and local history.


capitalINSTALL MUSEUM-QUALITY CONTROLS, IMPROVE HISTORIC EXHIBITS, AND CONTINUE THE PRESERVATION OF THE NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT HANOVER TAVERN: Building repairs and enhancements include plaster repair, interior and exterior paint, new light fixtures, and furnishings for improved interpretation of the Tavern. Museum-quality improvements include installation of environment monitoring controls, an alarm system, and a backup ……………………….emergency generator.


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