Hanover Tavern Foundation History
In 1990, the non-profit Hanover Tavern Foundation bought the Tavern and 3.5 acres from the Barksdale Theatre owners and began to raise the needed money to stabilize and restore the aging building. The Foundation’s goal was to restore, preserve and utilize the Tavern as an historical, educational, community and cultural resource center for the general public. After successful fundraising campaigns and completion of the restoration, the building reopened to the public in 2005.
The Tavern has been a vibrant center of community life at Hanover Courthouse for almost three hundred years. It remains a community centerpiece through the Foundation’s continuing efforts to preserve the building and share its past history.
Today the site offers historical and educational tours and programs like the Heritage Music Series, Harmony in Hanover concerts, and author lectures. The Tavern provides internships for college students as well as arts and craft workshops for children and adults. Tavern family nights offer programs for the entire family. The nationally recognized Barksdale theatre continues to offer riveting performances. And, as always, the Hanover Tavern Restaurant & Pub offers dining and accommodations for private events and receptions.
The Foundation looks forward to an exciting future thanks to great volunteers, foundation and government grants, and donations from visitors and members of the community.