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


Building our Future


A $2 Million Campaign to Enrich Education, Build Community, & Preserve History

The restoration and enhancement of historic Hanover Tavern in 2003 was a milestone for not just Hanover County, but the entire Richmond region. The reopening of this centuries old gem has allowed the building to become, as originally intended, a community gathering place. Tens of thousands have passed through the doors, for concerts, lectures, theatrical productions, seminars, meetings, music, fine dining, and children’s programing. Perhaps the most important and successful programs are the Foundation’s new History Standards of Learning-based field trips for elementary students throughout Central Virginia. However, much of what has been accomplished is in jeopardy …

In addition to the Tavern structure itself, a large tent behind the building has housed many of these wonderful events. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has determined that the tent must be removed to comply with historic easements. The loss of the tent will seriously impact our fund-raising and programming activities, including the elimination of many of the above-mentioned programs, and a severe loss of revenue from rentals and sponsorships of fund-raising events.

Given the current circumstances, Tavern leadership has committed to pursuing resources to erect the permanent Education and Events Center. Construction of the historically inspired stable building will not only allow the continuance of the educational, cultural, and community events, but will enable additional programming, as well as drive foundation revenues through increased visitations and facility rentals.

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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.

To accomplish these goals, Hanover Tavern Foundation has embarked on a two million dollar “Building Our Future” campaign to address educational programs, proposed outreach, building repairs and enhancements. We are confident the revenue generated from our new Education and Events Center, as well as additional investment from our community and its leaders will make these dreams a reality. With your help, Hanover Tavern Foundation can continue doing what it does best: MAKING HISTORY.

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