Hanover is the largest urban municipality in southern Grey-Bruce and as such occupies an important place in the local economy.
Long the home of Hanover Raceway, it has been an important asset for area standardbred breeders, trainers, and racing fans throughout the area.
More recently the addition of the slots has enhanced Hanover’s reputation as a tourist centre, drawing visitors from all across the region.
It is also an important commercial centre with the largest retail and commercial business community in southern Grey-Bruce.
The community had its start in 1849 when Abraham Buck built a tavern at the intersection of the Durham Road and a branch of the Saugeen River. First known as Buck’s Crossing, the settlement grew quickly, influenced by the arrival of new settlers of immigrants, many of them from Germany.
It became Adamsville for a period and then on incorporation as a village in 1904 it was named Hanover.
By the time of Confederation Hanover was a thriving village with saw, grist and carding mills, a foundry and a cabinet factory. The steady growth of the Knechtel Furniture Company established Hanover as an important centre for quality furniture manufacturing, built on the abundant hardwood forests in the region.
Today Hanover is known for its strong and diverse business community, a strong downtown, an attractive lifestyle with schools, appealing residential neighbourhoods and social and recreational amenities.
The P&H Centre is the focus of a strong minor sports and recreational program, offering a new arena, an aquatic centre, meeting space and event halls. Residents are justifiably proud of this new facility which offers programs for all ages.
The community boasts 85 acres of parks and open space, extensive walking and cycling trails, a bike park and outdoor basketball court along with an abundance of facilities for outdoor sports and recreational activities.
Hanover is committed to an ongoing downtown revitalization program and the Heritage Square is central to the amenities in the core. The square offers an amphitheater, a music garden and a plaza for a variety of events. It provides an attractive locale for wedding photos and a relaxing and inviting public space in the downtown.
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