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Chartered by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth in 1761, the town of Hanover is situated along the Connecticut River in Grafton County, New Hampshire. Besides Hanover, the town also includes the villages of Etna and Hanover Center. The town was settled in 1765 and 1766, mostly by people who came from Connecticut. Initially an agricultural community, the town’s name was originally spelled Hannover. Dartmouth College was established in Hanover in 1769. At one point, the southwestern corner of Hanover was known as Dresden, which briefly defected to what was then the independent Republic of Vermont in the 1780s, returning at the insistence of George Washington. Hanover borders Canaan, Enfield, Lebanon and Lyme, New Hampshire, as well as Norwich, Vermont. The Appalachian Trail crosses Hanover.


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