Paranormal Investigation: Hanover Tavern

Hanover Tavern

13181 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover, VA 23069

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Join us July 23rd to investigate not one, but FOUR locations in one night. The Hanover Tavern, the Old Stone Jail, the Historic Courthouse, and the Hanover Branch Library are all tied together in history; and now you'll be able to investigate each of them.

The Hanover Tavern

The earliest portion of the Tavern being built in 1791, there was a Tavern on the property spanning back to 1733. One of only a few surviving colonial-era Taverns in the United States, the Hanover Tavern hosted such historic figures as George Washington, Lord Cornwallis, Patrick Henry, P.T. Barnum, Marquis de Lafayette, and more. Both Union and Confederate troops utilized the Tavern on their way to and from the battlefields.

The Old Stone Jail

Built in 1835, the Old Stone Jail was not a place you wanted to spend any time; criminals of all kinds were kept within these walls. The jail consists of 4 rooms; 2 cells occupy the lower floor, one cell on the upper floor, and one room that housed the jail's warden and his men. It wasn't until 1916 that glass windows were installed in the building. Prior to this, the only thing protecting inmates indoors from the cold, harsh winters outdoors were iron bars.

The Historic Courthouse

The Third-longest continuous-use courthouse in the United States sits here in Hanover County; the Historic Hanover Courthouse. Built in 1735, the courthouse saw countless cases. Most significantly, this Courthouse played host to Patrick Henry when he argued the Parsons' Cause case - a spark of the American Revolution. Many troops passed by the Courthouse - both during the Revolutionary War and Civil War. Sustaining mild damage during the American Revolution, the courthouse was repaired in time to see further conflict during the Civil War. The Battle of Hanover Courthouse brought heavy skirmishes to the area on May 27, 1862, and when the Union forces returned to the Courthouse at the end of May 1864, they imprisoned Hanover County's Clerk of Court.

The Hanover Branch Library

Built in the 1940's, the Hanover Branch Library resides on land once part of the Hanover Tavern property. Directly at it's back door lies the Thilman Burial Grounds, where previous Tavern owners and family were laid to rest. Build directly across the street from the Old Stone Jail, the Hanover Branch Library rests on hundreds of years of history.

For years, guests of each of these locations report eerie experiences of ghost apparitions, smells, and un-explainable noises. For the first time ever, we have access to investigate those claims. Are previous Hanover Tavern keepers still roaming the halls? Are inmates still inhabiting the cells of the Old Stone Jail? Or are court cases still being played out to this day in the Historic Courthouse? It’s time to find out for yourself.

We have investigated all of these locations numerous times and have come away with proof of the paranormal on every visit. Guests of these locations often report eerie experiences of ghostly apparitions, smells, and noises that could never be explained.

This is a fundraising investigation! All proceeds of this event directly and entirely benefit Hanover Tavern Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


  • You are welcome to bring your own equipment to investigate.

  • We will break into small groups at each site to investigate. Each group will be led by an investigator with equipment which will utilized for the investigation!

  • We will be outside to organize for the event, as well as traveling from building to building, so please dress accordingly.

  • Please do not put on fragrances before the investigation. Smells are often reported at these locations and it will be difficult to identify if we are wearing fragrances.

  • Please do not wear loose jewelry, baggy clothing, etc. These often make extra sounds and noises that will make listening to and identifying EVPs difficult!

  • There will be identified spots if you need to smoke a cigarette. Please make sure you dispose of your cigarette butts accordingly.

  • Please do not plan to investigate under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We will ask you to leave the premises if so.

  • Weapons of any kind are strictly forbidden.

  • Bring your equipment! We'll have some that you can use within your groups, but you are welcome to bring any equipment you have for investigating that you can carry with you. A flashlight is highly encouraged. Additionally, if you do not have an audio recorder, bring your phone! We'll ask you to put it in airplane mode, but you can still record audio onto your cellphone - a large number of people on our investigations have recorded EVPs on their phones!

  • Most importantly, have fun! This investigation is for you, so bring your ideas and thoughts for investigating! You never know what, or who, you will run into, and we value your unique ideas and suggestions for investigating these locations! We urge you to be ready to be involved in the investigation! Think of some questions you'd like to ask in advance, if you have any theories that we can test out, and more!

The safety of our guests & staff is our biggest priority.

With this in mind, we will be doing our due diligence to ensure we meet the regulated guidelines at the time of the event, and we need your help too.

It is strongly recommended that those without the COVID vaccine to please wear a mask at all times while indoors. Hand sanitizer will be available for all to use during the evening. We also ask that you stay with your specified group for the duration of the investigation.

For more information, questions, or concerns please contact Hanover Tavern or Transcend Paranormal.


Refund Policy:

Refunds are available up to 3 days prior leading up to the event unless otherwise specified. Please note, this is only for Hanover Tavern Foundation events, and does not apply to functions operated by the Hanover Tavern Restaurant.

Cancellation Policy:

In the event the venue cancels an event, you will be refunded within 4 business days of the event date for your purchase.

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Hanover Tavern
13181 Hanover Courthouse Road
Hanover, VA 23069