The South Shore, everything between Boston and Cape Cod, is the fastest growing region in Massachusetts, yet this growth has not affected the peaceful rural atmosphere found in many areas. Hanover is a lovely New England community where the proud heritage of its past is carefully preserved in quaint villages, antique homes and broad meadows.
Although located inland from the Atlantic Ocean, Hanover still retains strong ties to the sea-faring tradition and shipbuilding industry that were so much a part of life on the South Shore in times gone by. Along a quiet, tree-sheltered stretch of the North River, early shipbuilders crafted fine vessels that were pulled out to the open sea by teams of oxen working from the banks.
Early industry flourished within the borders of the town thanks to energy provided by a network of streams and brooks and to abundant natural resources. The Clapp Rubber Mill was for many years the focal point of the anchor-making industry and held the distinction of having forged the anchor for the U.S.S. Constitution. During the Revolutionary War, Hanover forges produced anchors on order for the United States government. Natural bog iron was mined for these anchors and for meeting house bells, cannon balls, stoves and hollow ware.
The community is also noted for its clock making industry, clothing manufacture, shoe industry and tack factories. When the town, which takes its name from King George I of England who reigned over the "House of Hanover," was incorporated in 1727, it was about 90 percent woodlands. Six small separate villages - North, West, South, Center, Four Corners and Assinippi - developed and other ambitious settlers carved farmland out of the thick woods.
In the late 1960s, Hanover experienced its first burst of growth as modern day settlers built new homes in the town's carefully zoned residential areas. Business and industry developed as well and the opening of the 95-store Hanover Mall greatly enhanced the town's economic base and continues to provide hundreds of jobs for local residents.
Conveniently located just off Route 3, the major artery to the South Shore, Hanover is only 20 miles from Boston and a 20-minute drive to Cape Cod. MBTA Rapid Transit stations in Braintree and South Quincy are 15 minutes away and the town is served by the Plymouth and Brockton Street Railway which runs frequent bus service through the town to Boston.
The Hanover Public Schools have earned a strong reputation for excellence and for innovative educational approaches that include modern methods and materials, team teaching, individualized programming, advanced college placement courses and special programs in the arts, sciences, languages and social studies. Four elementary schools, a junior high and a senior high school make up the public school system. Students may also attend South Shore Regional Technical-Vocational located on a 22-acre campus in Hanover.
The town provides excellent resources for recreational activity throughout the year.