Stretching across 10.8 square miles of Morris County, Hanover Township presents an ideal suburban tapestry of residential neighborhoods, parkland and commercial & industrial businesses. The Township, comprised of Cedar Knolls and Whippany, is home to close to 14,000 residents. Convenient to the metropolitan area and to a network of major highways, the community borders the Townships of Morris, Parsippany-Troy Hills, East Hanover and the Boroughs of Morris Plains and Florham Park.
Located in Hanover Township is the Morristown Airport, the second largest corporate airport in the state of New Jersey. Some of the businesses located in the Township include Bayer, Tiffany and Company, Metlife, Wegmans, Barclays and Novartis. In addition, the Morris County Library and radio stations WMTR & WDHA make their home in our Township. The Township has five (5) major hotels within its boundaries including the Marriott Hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott and the Hyatt House to name a few.
Settled in 1676 and incorporated on March 25, 1740, Hanover's historic charm, showcased in the book, Along The Whippanong, is rich and colorful. Hanover traces its first inhabitants to the Leni-Lenape Indians. Later, in 1710, settlers from New England were lured to Hanover by the promise of abundant natural resources, a promise fulfilled by dense forests of virgin timber, fertile land, veins of iron ore, and the power of the Whippany River. Millwrights who harnessed the river's energy laid the cornerstone of Hanover’s present commercial/industrial base, one of prominence in the region.
The secret of Hanover’s past and present success is the commitment to fostering economic growth while preserving open space and parkland areas, providing excellent educational and recreational opportunities, and most important - responding to residents' needs. It is this commitment to good government that has shaped Hanover Township into what it is today- a thriving community, proud of its past and eager to continue its tradition of stability and excellence in government.