In the 1730s, Hanover was a melting pot of German, Scottish, Englishand Irish settlers, but now the city of Americans is a mix of retail, residential and business areas.
The city's diversified economy has brought stability with a healthy mixture of manufacturing, processing and agriculture.
The community's retail sector has grown throughout the years to make it a regional shopping attraction. More than a dozen factory outlets offer savings on everything from crafts and food to clothing and furniture.
Codorus State Park, two miles from Hanover, is a multi-million dollar development attracting visitors from throughout the East.
The main feature is the 1,275-acre Lake Marburg, with 26 milesof shoreline. In addition, the park offers excellent sailing, boating, fishing, camping and picnic facilities. Codorus also has one of the nation's largest swimming pools -- more than 700,000 gallons.
Hanover boasts several celebrated horse farms. The Hanover Shoe Farms on Route 194 south, established in 1926, is the world's largest Standardbred (pacers and trotting horses) nursery; tourists are welcome daily. The Lana Lobell Farm and Kosmos Horse Farm are two others.
Thecity has four championship golf courses, the public South Hills and Hickory Heights and the private Hanover Country Club, and the Flatbush Golf Course.
Another attraction is Utz Quality Foods Inc. at 900High St., maker of the Utz potato chip .
You also can shop at theFarmer's Market, which operates on Saturday mornings.
Information: write to the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce, 146 Broadway, 17331 or call 1-717-637-6130.
* Battle of Hanover: Center Square monument; commemorates the Civil War battle between Confederate and Union soldiers that some say aided Union success at Gettysburg.
* Conewago Chapel: oldest Jesuit chapel (1787) west of the Susquehanna River, 2 1/2 miles northwest of town; open daily.
*Hanover Glove Company Exchange Place: said to have originated the webbed baseball glove, which famed left-hander Eddie Plank took to the Major Leagues.
* Neas House: located on the corner of Routes 116 and 194 South; this Georgian mansion was constructed in 1783 by the Neases, a family of tanners; owned and operated by the Hanover Area Historical Society as a late 18th-century and early 19th-century museum of crafts and culture; 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
* St. Matthews Church: Franklin and West Chestnut streets; dates back to1740; boasts one of largest pipe organs in world.
* Wirt Park Fire Station Museum: located on Park Avenue; organized as early as 1816;offers displays of leather buckets, hand-pump engines and operating 1910 Gamewell Alarm System.
* Aero Midtown Motel: 101 Carlisle Pike; 1-717-637-7184.
* Beechmost Inn: 315 Broadway; 1-717-632-3013.
* Clearview Motor Inn: 901 Carlisle Pike; 1-717-637-3701.
* Cross Keys Motel: 6465 York Road; 1-717-624-8832.
* Cross Keys Motor Inn: Route 30, New Oxford; 1-717-624-7778.
* Hanover Motor Court: 1326 Baltimore St.; 1-717-632-8140; MasterCard, Visa, American Express.
* The Mark: 1080 Carlisle Pike; 1-717-637-7171.
* The Altland House: Center Square, Route 30, Abbottstown; 1-717-259-9535.
* Amity House: 860 Carlisle Pike; 1-717-632-4045.
* Antonio's: 304 Poplar St.; 1-717-632-4133.
* Bay City Seafood Restaurant: N. Hanover Mall; 1-717-637-1217.
* Blue White Restaurant: 14 Carlisle St.; 1-717-637-4959; family restaurant; 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday.
* Bunker Restaurant and Lounge: 1012 Baltimore St.; 1-717-637-9220.
* Cross Keys Motor Inn Restaurant and Lounge: Routes 30 and 94; 1-717-624-2285; gourmet and family dining, banquet room; open 24 hoursdaily.
* Cross Keys Restaurant and Lounge: Route 30, New Oxford; 1-717-624-7778.
* Elby's Family Restaurant: 1221 Carlisle St.; 1-717-632-6161; 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 6 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday.
* Goalpost II Restaurant and Lounge: 3 Commerce St.; 1-717-637-7820.
* Golden Corral Family Steak House: 865 Baltimore St.;1-717-632-3981.
* Hofbrauhaus: Route 30 West, Abbottstown; 1-717-259-9641.
* Jerry & Sal's Pizza and Restaurant: Center Square; 1-717-632-1655.
* Kentucky Fried Chicken: 1170 Carlisle St.; 1-717-637-1998.
* Mark Steven Restaurant and Lounge: 1080 Carlisle Pike; 1-717-637-7171.
* Patty and John's Restaurant: Westminster Road; 1-717-637-2200.
* Penn Villa Restaurant: 612 Frederick St.; 1-717-632-1524.
* Pizza Hut: 1133 Baltimore St., 1-717-632-9397; 1201 Carlisle St., 1-717-632-4647.
* Ponderosa Steakhouse: 1180 Carlisle St.; 1-717-637-2932; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
* Victory Restaurant: 918 Carlisle Pike; 1-717-632-3224.