When driving down Route 53 or 139 in Hanover it might seem hard to believe that there are many Historical sites you can visit. History within our towns is something I feel that is very important, knowing your roots and honoring those that came before us are truly what helps to shape our towns futures.
First, let’s talk a bit about the town of Hanover, before we get into some of the sites.
In its early days Hanover was a part of Scituate. According to historians William Barstow was the first to settle here around 1649 on the North River near the Four Corners area. Hanover was not incorporated as a town until 1727. The first meeting house was constructed in 1728. Broken up into several villages as the town increased in population, each village was able to have their own, school, post office and general store.
Having many shipyards along the North River, several types of mills, and multiple farms, Hanover was an integral part of helping to build the South Shore, and Massachusetts into what it has become today. You can still see some of the original homes that Hanover’s early residents built along the old main roads, and some are even still being lived in today.
One of the oldest buildings in Hanover that still stands is the “Stetson House”. It is now a museum and has a research room. The museum can be visited on Saturdays from noon till 4 pm, however it is available by appointment on the days it is not open to the public. Located on Hanover St. it was built c. 1716 by Samuel “Drummer” Stetson, with the Stetson family residing continuously in the home until about the 1860’s. After which for a time the home was used for services when the church had burned down. To find out more about this beautiful two and a half story frame construct historical home visit the Hanover Historical Society website or take a tour and see it first hand!