The Hanover Area Historical Society was founded in 1965 by local citizens interested in protecting and promoting the historical heritage of the greater Hanover area. In 1974 the Society purchased and restored the historic Neas House. The Neas House was built around 1783 by Mathias Neas, a tanner and was home to many outstanding citizens over the years. Tours are available from April through October on Saturdays from Noon – 3:15 pm. You may purchase tickets at the Neas House or the while touring the Warehime-Myers Mansion.
In October, 2007 the Society was given the Warehime-Myers Mansion at 305 Baltimore St. The Warehime-Myers Mansion was built over a period of three years, beginning in 1911, as the residence of Clinton N. Myers of Hanover Shoe Company. The Mansion is open for public tours Wednesdays 10 am – 3:15 pm and Saturdays Noon – 3:15 pm. Rental space is also available.
In 2014, the Society acquired spaces at 21 Baltimore Street, where it now has its office and the Yelland Research Library. The Yelland Library offers a collection pertaining to the area’s history. The Yelland Library’s resources are available to the public. The library is open to the public 9 am – Noon on Fridays. It is available for research by appointment Monday through Saturday (717-634-2525, 717-637-6562). The library has about 800 books pertaining to Hanover area history, artifacts and antiques. Numerous special document collections include family histories, civic and social organizations, businesses, industries, churches, schools, events and numerous other topics of area history.
The Hanover Area Historical Society’s mission is to protect and promote the historical heritage of the greater Hanover area. The Society will selectively acquire, preserve, and provide access to historical buildings and sites and to artifacts and archives that have unique historical significance for this area. The Society will undertake related programs and activities for the educational, recreational, and cultural benefit of the people of the greater Hanover Area. Purpose The Society exists to foster interest in the historical heritage of the greater Hanover Area.