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Hanover Tavern Paranormal Investigation

March 27 @ 9:00 pm - March 28 @ 1:30 am


Join Hanover Tavern Foundation and Transcend Paranormal as we delve into the paranormal once more at one of Central Virginia’s most haunted locations: the Hanover Tavern!

We’re breaking the evening into two time-slots to ensure we stay within State Guidelines.

The time slots are as follows:

9:00PM – 11:00PM

11:30PM – 1:30AM

Purchase your ticket according to the time-slot you wish to investigate! If you wish to investigate the entire night, you will need to purchase both slots.

Space is extremely limited.

Our Investigation at Hanover Tavern will consist of 3 buildings:

Hanover Tavern

Old Stone Jail

Historic Courthouse

Tickets can be purchased Here!

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.

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 you may borrow 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 and 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.

We ask that all guests:

  • Wear a facial mask covering your mouth and nose while inside of the buildings, when congregating, and when in groups.
  • Practice Social Distancing.
  • Stay with your specified group for the duration of the investigation.
  • Bring your own snacks and refreshments (please keep these in your vehicle).


Additionally, we will be checking everyone’s temperature before checking anyone into the event. We ask that anyone who has been exposed to someone who has, or may have, COVID-19 within 14 days leading up to the event, to please stay home. Refunds will be issued if either situation occurs.

For more information or questions, please contact Hanover Tavern.

Tickets can be purchased Here!






March 27 @ 9:00 pm
March 28 @ 1:30 am
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Hanover Tavern
13181 Hanover Courthouse Road
Hanover, VA 23069 United States
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