Al Morrow, a member of the Heritage Committee of Hanover first gave a brief summary of how Hanover came into being, as the settlement was located on the borderline between Grey County and Bruce County, to the west. In 1904, the Province of Ontario forced the settlement into becoming a town. Its location had led to much discussion through the early years, boundry-wise, etc.
Hanover was referred to for many years as the “furniture town”. The first factory was destroyed in 1900, by fire. This was built by a Mr. Knechtel, who was not a native, but born in Waterloo County in 1864. After the fire, the plant was rebuilt and operated until 1983.
Mr. Morrow conducted the group on a tour of the building which houses the municipal administration, the police office, the public library and the Council Chambers. It was interesting to note the attention given to preservation of artefacts dating back to the early history, and the Heritage Committee have been granted space in this building to accumulate and store items they wish to retain.
The bell tower was visited next, and the group was treated to a description of how this new tower came about, following the demolition of the old post office building. As the town bell had been located there, it was felt that it needed to be housed appropriately. J. Smith & Sons, Midland Clock Works, Derby, England built the mechanism for the bell. It bears the date of 1915. The original bell dated back to 1870, and came from a local church, and was brass. Unfortunately, it was stolen during the time of demolition, and the present bell does not resonate as nicely. The tower opened in 1997.