Historic Neas House
The Neas house at West Chestnut and High Streets was built around 1783 by Mathias Neas, tanner, who acquired six lots from his brother George Neas in November 1782. The property eventually was acquired by their eldest son George. It was he who expanded the family interest into politics and other activities. He was Hanover's third postmaster, serving from 1790 to 1813, and first burgess, in 1815. He also served several terms in the state legislature. George married Catharine Slagle and their daughter Amanda has left us quantities of objects from the old house through her present-day descendants. These include a priceless cookbook with 18th-19th century recipes of entrancing interest. Amanda married her Baltimore cousin, Mathias Nace Forney, who helped found the Hanover Savings Fund Society leading to the Bank of Hanover today, and was a leader of political and cultural life in Hanover. George Nace died in 1829, but his widow lived on until 1853. It is her inventory which discloses the contents of the home and property much as it was when Mathias, and then her husband, George, were running their thriving businesses and living, apparently quite comfortably. Many outstanding citizens were born or lived in the house over the years. One was Mathias N. Forney (1853-1908), inventor and editor who made invaluable contributions to the efficiency and development of rail transportation. His reversible seats made passenger traffic more practical and his steam locomotive was the marvel of its day.
This historic Georgian residence has been restored by the Hanover Area Historical Society and now serves as its headquarters and museum.
If you go ...
The Neas House is closed during the Winter months. At other times, tours are on Saturdays, noon - 3:15 . Admission is $12 for non-members; $10 for members, students and seniors (60+). The family fee is $15. For groups of 10 or more, the fee is $8 per individual. Purchase tickets at the Neas House. For more information, please call 717.637.6413 or 717.632.3207.