Hanover is located along the fall line where the ocean met the shore in prehistoric times. Native American tribes lived along the lower Patapsco river. archeological digs in 1929 have discovered arrowheads, spearpoints, axes, and gorgets along the Disney farm. The area is now occupied by commercial buildings along Hi Tech drive and Oxford Square development.
Arundel Mills mall opened in November 2000. Since then, the area has seen explosive growth; shopping centers and housing developments have popped up along Arundel Mills Boulevard (Route 713), which links the B-W Parkway and Route 100 to Arundel Mills. In August 2010, Preston Partners sought to rezone a failed commercial project on the historic Disney farm into a Transit Oriented Development funded by Magic Johnson. On November 2, 2010, Anne Arundel County voters approved zoning for a gaming and entertainment complex with 4,750 slot machines at Arundel Mills Mall. This casino complex opened as Maryland Live! in June 2012. The Maryland Department of Transportation is headquartered at 7201 Corporate Center Drive, which has a Hanover address.
Arundel Preserve, a mixed-use development that at completion will include about two million square feet of office space, 500 apartments, 440 homes, 300,000 square feet (30,000 m2) of retail space, and two hotels near Arundel Mills mall.
Ridgefield I and II, constructed by Rice Homes and Washington Homes in the late 1970s and early 1980s
Ridgewood, constructed by Washington Homes in the early 1980s featuring homes with 1-acre (4,000 m2) lots