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Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania
Hanover Junction Railroad Station
Hanover Junction Railroad Station
Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania
Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County York
Settled 1851
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
476 ft (145 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
Area code(s) 717

Hanover Junction is a small unincorporated community in south-central York County, Pennsylvania, United States, near the borough of Seven Valleys. The junction serves as a rest stop on the York County Heritage Rail Trail.


Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania--1863--Hanover Junction Railroad Station (detail of locomotive and crowd) Digital ID- (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3c24420 http- loc.pnp cph.3c24420
Hanover Junction station, 1863

Established in the 1851 as a railroad junction of the Northern Central Railway and the Hanover Branch Railroad, a hotel and a few houses were erected to serve the needs of railroad passengers and local workers. Following the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, Hanover Junction was a major route for the transport of wounded soldiers from Gettysburg to hospitals in Baltimore, Harrisburg, York, and other Northern towns. A bust of President Abraham Lincoln and a historical marker commemorate his change of trains at the junction en route to Gettysburg to deliver the 1863 Gettysburg Address.

Later, small industries flourished in the Hanover Junction area, but with the demise of the railroad traffic in the mid-20th century, the depot was abandoned. It was restored to its Civil War appearance in 2003 and reopened as a museum. A quartet of Civil War cannon commemorate the region's participation in the Gettysburg Campaign.

The Hanover Junction Railroad Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

  • Blakesee, R. G., Hanover Junction photographs at Retrieved 2008-11-07.
  • Shaffer, Roger E., History of Hanover Junction. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
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