Hanover MA Homes & Real Estate
Hanover is a town of about 14,460 (2019) that revels in its small-town image. Two adjacent exits from Route 3 bear its name. Waterways make up its whole southern and eastern borders. Route 53 runs north and South between neighboring towns Norwell and Pembroke and is home to the majority of business establishments in Hanover including restaurants, banks, grocery, retail, and professional services. Although the bustling part of town has plenty of action, the atmosphere of the residential areas is quiet and the town prides itself on the conservation of its wide-open, breathable spaces.
Hanover was first settled in 1649 as part of the town of Scituate and later established in 1727. Farmer William Barstow was the first settler and he built a bridge across the North River which now survives as Washington Street.
The early economy of Hanover relied on shipyards, agriculture, and lumber. Like many surrounding towns, the water power from the major rivers was utilized for grist mills, rubber mills, iron forges, and tack factories. Tack making and fireworks became big industries in the late 19th century. Manufacturing jobs attracted immigrants from Lithuania and Poland who made America their home.
Hanover is full of gorgeous neighborhoods and cul-de-sacs filled with single-family homes on sizable lots. The friendly Four Corners area has the charm of an older village feel. Lots of construction from the 1950s-1980s gives it a unique character, as the houses do not all look the same. Sconset Landing is a large condominium and townhome community and Webster Village is an apartment community, both with bright, multi-bedroom options. Hanover has a wealth of retirement or age-restricted communities. The Elms, Village at Walnut Creek, and Spring Meadow are all 55+ communities with many amenities and shared public spaces. Barstow Village and Cushing Residences are both 62+ cozy apartment locations.
Hanover has three elementary schools: Center School serves students pre-kindergarten through second grade, Sylvester School has third and fourth graders, and Cedar Elementary holds pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. Hanover Middle School has grades five through eight. Located next to Cedar is the high school, newly constructed in 2012. Hanover High's teams are nicknamed the Hawks and their colors are blue and gold. South Shore Vocational Technical High School is also located in town and provides education in the form of academics alongside technical skills in various programs of the student’s choosing.
Route 53 or Washington Street is bustling with businesses including fast food and sit-down restaurant options from Greek to Italian to Asian cuisine. Hanover Crossing is an in-process, open-air shopping center replacing the old Hanover Mall that will have ample parking. Merchant’s Row is a smaller outdoor shopping center with food and retail shops.
If you want something for the whole family, Starland recreational center is the place to be. There’s mini-golf, go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars, arcade games, rock walls, batting cages, organized team sports, and fitness classes. You can host parties there and they run school vacation programs. They also have a snack bar, coffee shop, and a restaurant for food and drink in between activities. They organize adult leagues and pick-up games as well. There is a South Shore YMCA location not far from Washington Street for other sports and fitness options.
Briggs Stable near the center of town offers riding lessons and boarding and hosts horse shows.
If you’re looking for a club or volunteer opportunity, Hanover is a good place to find one. The Hanover Garden Club and Walnut Hill Garden Club beautify Hanover’s traffic islands and other public spaces and are involved in town events throughout the year. The Hanover Club and Hanover Woman’s Club, Juniors are two women’s organizations focused on community service, fundraising, and social connection. The former also hosts a book club. The town has its own chapter of Toastmasters International, a nonprofit organization teaching public speaking and leadership skills to adults worldwide. Hanover also has Catholic, Baptist, Episcopal, and Presbyterian churches to become a part of. The town food pantry is located in the basement of the First Baptist Church and relies on volunteers. Cardinal Cushing Centers is another non-profit and large employer in Hanover that has been helping thousands of children and adults with special needs to discover their full potential and learn life skills to aid their independence since 1947.
The summer brings a few fun events to town with the weekend of Hanover Day, run by the Hanover Cultural Council to raise money for the community. There is a road race, a carnival, a basketball tournament, live music, vendors, and art exhibits.
Hanover Four Corners Winter Festival closes off the streets of the area and lines them with luminaries. The shops stay open and there are music and holiday activities like cookie decorating and Christmas movie screenings.
The John Curtis Library was named for the man who donated 1,800 books to the town in 1887. Today the public facility has a collection with thousands of books and digital resources. It is a member of the Old Colony Library Network.
The Town Hall building in Hanover Center was built in 1863 and has served as a high school, a library, and a police department over the years before those things were sourced out to newer buildings. The town operates one police station and two active fire stations. In the town center stands a stunning veterans memorial featuring four large plaques, dedicated in 2017 and honoring those who served in World War I and II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.
Hanover is proud of its land. The Hanover Open Space Committee’s mission is to protect the land and retain the natural beauty and heritage of the town. They improve open space by building trails, bridges, and boardwalks, and by maintaining them.
The North and Indian Head rivers mark the south and southeast town lines while the Third Herring Brook traces along the entire east side. Factory Pond is the largest in town, followed by Forge Pond, both connected by Drinkwater River. Forge Pond Park recreational area is 240+ acres of land equipped with various playing fields, walking trails, and a canoe & kayak launch. A wide paved walking trail extends around the perimeter of the field, making it a good place for walking, jogging, bicycling, strollers, and wheelchair use. Luddam's Ford Park sits just at the edge of the North River where Hanover and Pembroke meet. This serene site with park benches along the water and trails snaking through the woods used to be booming with rubber and ironworks operations. Not far from Hanover Public Launch (for kayaks and canoes to enter the river) at the end of Indian Head Drive are Chapman’s Landing and Iron Mine Brook Trails where you’ll find 50 acres of conservation land and superb river views.
Hanover has the small-town country feel in some spots and a busy business feel in others. You’re guaranteed to be able to enjoy wide open spaces but also find locations for congregating with others. A close-knit sense of community is one of the strongest things Hanover has to offer.
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