Discover Hanover ®

At Discover Hanover ®, our mission is to showcase the best places to shop, eat, visit, and experience in Hanover, PA. We are passionate about helping visitors discover all that this vibrant town has to offer.


Our Journey and Achievements

Early Settlement and Founding (1730s-1760s)

Hanover, Pennsylvania, traces its origins back to the 1730s when Richard McAllister acquired land in the area, eventually leading to the town's official founding in 1763. Positioned along a major route between Baltimore and Philadelphia, Hanover quickly developed into a pivotal trade center. The town's growth was significantly influenced by German immigrants, who established prosperous farming and milling industries in the region.

American Revolution and Civil War (1770s-1860s)

Hanover played notable roles during pivotal moments in American history. During the Revolutionary War, it served as a critical supply center for the Continental Army. In 1777, the Continental Congress briefly used Hanover as a temporary capital to escape British forces, underscoring its strategic importance. The town was also impacted by the Civil War, experiencing Confederate raids such as the skirmish during the Gettysburg Campaign in 1863.

Industrialization and Growth (Late 19th to Early 20th Century)

The late 19th and early 20th centuries witnessed Hanover's transformation into an industrial powerhouse. Factories producing shoes, cigars, and furniture became prominent, shaping the town's economy. Hanover's prominence in the shoe industry earned it the moniker "Shoe Capital of the World." Additionally, it later became renowned as the "Snack Food Capital of the World" due to the proliferation of snack food manufacturers in the area.

Modern Developments and Recognitions (20th Century to Present)

In the 20th century, Hanover continued its trajectory of growth and diversification. Beyond manufacturing, the town embraced historic preservation efforts, leading to accolades like the Great American Main Street Award in 2002 for revitalization initiatives. Annual events such as the Snack Town Brew Fest celebrate the town's German heritage. Today, Hanover strikes a balance between its rich history and modern amenities, solidifying its status as a vibrant community in south-central Pennsylvania.


Uncover the Rich History of Hanover

Explore Hanover, Pennsylvania and immerse yourself in its vibrant culture, rich historical significance, and local charm. From quaint shops to delicious eateries, there's something for everyone to enjoy in this hidden gem of a town.

Interior of a historical Hanover location that has old Ford memorabilia.
Campbell's Snacks red and white sign in front of their office buildings

Indulge in Hanover, PA: The Snack Food Capital of the World

Welcome to Hanover, Pennsylvania, the Snack Food Capital of the World! Nestled in the heart of picturesque Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Hanover boasts a rich history intertwined with the snack food industry. Renowned globally for its delectable array of snacks, Hanover has earned its reputation as a snack lover's paradise.

Home to iconic snack food brands such as Utz Quality Foods, Snyder's of Hanover, and Hanover Foods Corporation, this charming town has played a pivotal role in shaping the snack food landscape. From mouthwatering pretzels and crispy potato chips to savory dips and flavorful sauces, Hanover's culinary offerings tantalize taste buds and leave visitors craving more. The influence of these beloved brands extends beyond mere gastronomy, permeating the very fabric of Hanover's culture and history.

Each year, Hanover celebrates its snack food heritage with the Snack Town Street Fair and Snack Town Brewfest, two eagerly anticipated events that showcase the town's vibrant spirit and culinary creativity. The Snack Town Street Fair brings together locals and visitors alike to revel in a day of fun-filled activities, live entertainment, and of course, endless opportunities to sample Hanover's finest snacks. Meanwhile, the Snack Town Brewfest offers a unique twist, pairing Hanover's delectable snacks with craft brews from regional breweries, creating a flavor explosion like no other. These events not only celebrate Hanover's snack food legacy but also serve as a testament to the town's unwavering commitment to innovation and community spirit. So come experience the irresistible allure of Hanover, where every bite tells a story of flavor, tradition, and the timeless joy of snacking.


Explore the best places to visit in Hanover, PA.

A herring swoops over Codorus lake.

Codorus State Park

Visit Hanover's beautiful Codorus State Park. Enjoy an array of outdoor activities such as fishing and kayaking.

Aerial view of downtown Hanover during a street fair

Downtown Hanover

The lifeblood of Hanover. Downtown is dotted with restaurants and businesses alike. Grab a brew and do some shopping!

Discover Hanover® is a proud tourism partner with the following organizations:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about dietary options, reservation policies, and hours of operation.

What are the top attractions to visit in Hanover?

Visitors often inquire about the Hanover Historic District, which is known for its over 2600 mid-19th to mid-20th-century buildings.

Are there guided tours available in Hanover?

In Hanover, Pennsylvania, history enthusiasts can enjoy a journey through time with visits to the Hanover Area Historical Society Museum, which showcases the town’s rich past; the Warehime-Myers Mansion, a beautifully preserved example of early 20th-century architecture; and the Neas House, one of the oldest surviving structures in Hanover, offering a glimpse into the life of the 18th-century Pennsylvania German settlers. These historical landmarks provide a captivating window into Hanover’s heritage and are a must-visit for those looking to experience the town’s historical charm.

Can visitors engage in any unique local activities?

In addition to Codorus State Park and Hickory Falls, Hanover is also known for the Snack Town Street Fair, a vibrant festival celebrating the town’s snack food heritage with craft vendors, food, and entertainment, created in partnership between the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce and Utz Brands

What historical experiences can one have in Hanover?

Hanover provides a rich historical experience with tours like the Civil War Ghosts of Gettysburg Tour and the Spirits of Jennie Wade Ghost Night Tour in nearby Gettysburg.

What is Hanover known for?

Hanover, Pennsylvania, is renowned as the Snack Food Capital of the World, home to iconic brands like Utz Quality Foods and Snyder’s of Hanover, which are part of the Campbell Snacks portfolio.                              

Where can I grab a drink?

Dolphin & Anchor Pub: Located in the heart of Hanover, they offer traditional beer styles with a twist.

Sign of the Horse Brewery: A contemporary brewery catering to craft brew enthusiasts with a range of house taps.

Fat Bat Brewing Company: A local brewery started by a beer-loving brother and sister team, known for their craft beer selections.

Iron Lion: A place where you can enjoy a selection of craft beers in a market setting1.

Where can I get a map of Hanover?

The Borough office at 44 Frederick St, Hanover has everything you will need to find your way around Hanover.