Post by ● Aug 8, 2015

City of Hanover: A Brief History

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At one point, the area of Hanover, Minnesota was comprised of nothing more than woods, lakes, streams, and the occasional open space. The only inhabitants were the Dakota Indians, and they made use of the woods and water by providing themselves with plenty of game. However, all of this changed as a result of the Traverse de Sioux treaty. This treaty allowed the settlers to flood the area while the Indians moved out to the west.  Most of the settlers moved to the location because they were drawn to the woods and plentiful farming opportunities.

The first people living in the region now known today as Hanover were members of diverse American Indian tribes. Father Louis Hennepin was the first man who explored the region in 1680. In 1849, settlers began to establish small communities all over Minnesota, one of them being modern day Hanover.

In 1855, Jacob Vollbrecht, left his home in Germany. He came from a small German town named Hanover. He bought a canoe there and paddled up the Mississippi River to Dayton, Minnesota and then up the Crow River coming upon the site which would later become Hanover, Minnesota. Soon after, his entire family followed in his wake to join him in the secluded location.

During the next few years, the family made the area an attractive place to live for other settlers by building shops and other small town necessities. Most of them were from the same German descent. In 1891, the Village of Hanover was incorporated. The village was named after the town in Germany.

If you have any questions regarding the city of Hanover, Minnesota, or if you would like to sell or buy a house in the area, please feel free to visit Twin Cities Property Finder or call 1-800-909-1953.