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In Hanover County Kings Dominion attracts more than two million visitors per year and is known for its state-of-the-art roller coasters and thrill rides.
A tour of Ashland includes a refurbished turn-of-the-century railroad station and more than a dozen historic homes.
Hanover County was the birthplace and home of noted American statesman Patrick Henry. He reportedly married Sarah Shelton in the parlor of her family's house, Rural Plains, also known as Shelton House. The historic Hanover Courthouse is pictured in the county seal. Hanover County was also the birthplace of Henry Clay, who became known as a politician in Kentucky and as author of the Missouri Compromise of 1820.
In 1953, Barksdale Theatre was founded at the historic Hanover Tavern. It was the nation's first dinner theatre and Central Virginia's first professional theatre. The Barksdale company continues to produce live theatre at the Tavern, as well as at several locations in Richmond. It is recognized today as Central Virginia's leading professional theatre.