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Chapter 36 - Hanover Town

To become less vulnerable from attack by the British during the Revolutionary War, in 1779 the Virginia General Assembly decided to move the state capital inland from Williamsburg. Hanover Town lost the bid to Richmond by a slim margin. At the time, Hanover Town was a busy port on the upper Pamunkey River, but within twenty years the river silted up, preventing ships from reaching its docks.

 

Fifty more years went by and the town disappeared. Aunt April’s ancestors stayed.