Hanover, 20 miles south of Boston, was settled in 1649 consisting of six separate villages. The name “Hanover” is a tribute to King George I, the first Hanoverian King of Great Britain. The town’s early industry revolved around farming, small mills and a shipbuilding area along the North River. Later industries included tack factories and shoe factories along the smaller waterways in the town. The eastern and southern borders are comprised of 3 waterways (North River; Indian Head River and Third Herring Brook) and there are several small ponds and brooks throughout the town. The town also has several small parks, sanctuaries and conservation areas spread throughout the town. It is bordered by Norwell, Pembroke, Hanson and Rockland. Hanover has a diverse business district along Rt 53 which includes several shopping developments, a cinema, restaurants, large and small businesses, car dealerships and the Starland SportsPlex and Fun Park. Rt 139 and Rt 123 also pass through town, both supporting a variety of business and professional establishments. The YMCA is located in Hanover and serves the needs of the surrounding communities. In addition to the town’s public schools, Hanover is also host to the South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School which allows students the additional opportunity for hands-on instruction in the vocation of their choice. There is direct highway access via Rt 3 to Boston and Cape Cod and commuter train service to Boston is located in the nearby towns of Abington and Whitman.
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