A Brief History of Mechanicsville, VA

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A Short History of Mechanicsville

Mechanicsville is an unincorporated area in the county of Hanover, Virginia. The census-designated place (CDP) was settled by English colonists in the early 1600s. During the American Civil War, the area was the site of many battles. On June 26, 1862, the Battle of Beaver Dam Creek –the second battle in the Seven Days Battles of the Civil War – commenced as Confederate General A.P. Hill attacked Union Major General Fitz John Port's army that was positioned east of Mechanicsville along Beaver Dam Creek.

As the Union troops withdrew and repositioned themselves along Boatswain Creek near Gaines' Mill, the Battle of Gaines' Mill – the third battle in the Seven Days Battles – began. Another battle that occurred within the same area of the Battle of Gaines' Mill was the Battle of Cold Harbor. It was to be the last battle of the 1864 Overland Campain of Union Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

Today, Mechanicsville has a total area of 28.4 square miles. The CDP is home to the neighborhoods of Pearsons Corner, Rural Point, Oak Forest, Burnside Farms, Carneals Store, Newman, Dogwood Knoll, Brandy Creek Estates, Ellerson Mill, Mayfield Farms, Windy Hill Estates and Simpkins Corner, to name a few. The main roads serving the area are Interstate 295, U.S. Route 360 (Mechanicsville Turnpike), and U.S. Route 301 (Chamberlayne Road). As of the 2010 census, there is a population of 36,348 people living in the CDP.

Richmond National Battlefield Park

The Richmond National Battlefield Park is a national historic district just east of the Mechanicsville CDP. Administered by the National Park Service, it was established on March 2, 1936, with the purpose of preserving 13 American Civil War sites around the area. These historic sites and battlefields include Tredegar Iron Works, Chimborazo Hospital, the battles of Chickahominy Bluffs and Drewry's Bluffs in the Peninsula Campaign, the battles of Beaver Dam Creek, Gaines' Mill, Glendale and Malvern Hill in the Seven Days Battles, the battles of Fort Harrison and Howlett Line in the Siege of Petersburg, and Rural Plains.

Rural Plains

Built in 1670 by John Shelton, Rural Plains is a historic farmhouse situated on 125 acres of land. Also known as Shelton House, it was inhabited by the Sheltons family until Richmond National Battlefield Park acquired it in 2006. In 2013, the Rural Plains Foundation was created to manage the site. As of 1975, the home has been added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and designated on the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR).

Historic Sites

Besides the sites located within the Richmond National Battlefield Park, there are other landmarks and establishments that are historically significant to the area of Mechanicsville. These sites are:

  • Clover Lea
  • Cold Harbor National Cemetary
  • Cool Well
  • Hanover Meeting House
  • Hanover Town
  • Immanuel Episcopal Church
  • Laurel Meadow
  • Locust Hill
  • Oak Forest
  • Oakley Hill
  • Selwyn
  • Spring Green

They have all been listed on the NRHP individually. You can also Learn All About Gloucester Courthouse, VA

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