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Hanover, VA 23069
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Building our Future


Hanover Tavern Foundation Reaches $2 Million Fundraising Goal

Hanover Tavern Foundation is pleased to announce the successful completion of its “Building Our Future” campaign, raising $2,001,800.  This initiative focused on construction of the state-of-the-art E. J. Wade Coach House Education & Events Center, maintenance and improvements to the historic Tavern, and enhancements to educational and cultural programming provided to the community. 

Hanover Tavern Foundation extends its sincere appreciation to the Board of Directors, Campaign Steering Committee, staff, volunteers, and the many individual, corporate, and private foundation donors that made this campaign a success.  


ed-centerEXPAND YEAR ROUND HVAC CONDITIONED SPACE FOR EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND EVENTS: A new 3,000 square-foot Education and Events Center will allow the Foundation to increase the number and quality of educational, cultural, and community events offered, as well as drive foundation revenues through increased visitations and facility rentals. Late in 2012 the Hanover Tavern Foundation received a $150,000 2-to-1-challenge seed-grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation for the construction of the Education and Events Center. The challenge was met in November of 2013 with 100% Board participation, bringing the total dollars raised to $450,000. Several hundred thousand additional dollars are needed to complete this community-oriented structure.

educationENHANCE EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL PROGRAMMING: The Foundation is proposing an investment of $773,000 to improve programing, which will 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 totaling $619,000 are also needed over the next five years. Maintenance includes plaster repair and paint, new light fixtures, and improved handicapped accessibility with a new lift/elevator. Museum-quality improvements include installation of an environment monitoring and alarm system, HVAC, and the installation of a backup emergency generator.


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