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Posted Monday, December 7th, 2020

Zoom Chats Scheduled Throughout the Day with Historians

It was 300 years ago Dec. 7, 1720, that the area previously known as “Whippenny” was first designated to be “Hannover” by the Hunterdon County Court of Quarters and Common Pleas.

While the area was settled in 1676 and officially incorporated in 1740, the township took its name from the “House of Hanover” on this day, 300 years ago.

Hanover Township Seal“That ye inhabitants formally called by the namce of Whippenny be hereafter attested and ruled by the namce of Hannover,” read the historical minutes of that decision. The official proclamation was then signed by seven governing judges in the “7th Year of the Reign of King George I of England,” according to Michael J. Czuchnicki, Chairman of the Hanover Township Landmark Commission.

“Oyez, Oyez, Oyez. Hanover Township turns 300 years old on December 7th, 2020. Oyez, Oyez, Oyez. Three hundred years young and strong. Three hundred years of patriotism, caring, and pride. Oyez, Oyez, Oyez,”  Czuchnicki announced in a press release, using an old term that essentially means “Hear, Ye.”

The Commission hosted Zoom meetings on Monday to discuss Hanover Township’s rich history. You can still learn more about the township through the video available at the Hanover Township Landmark Commissioner website.

Czuchnicki also said a local history association is being formed to share Hanover’s rich past, and he welcomes anyone interested to contact him at: Michael.Czuchnick[email protected] He also suggested checking the township website and local newspapers for future articles about our historic treasures and plans.