Glen Allen: a little history in the suburbs
"What is Glen Allen?"
Glen Allen would seem to be just another bedroom community in the suburbs of western Henrico County. To a large extent, that is correct. There are plenty of shopping centres and strip malls in Glen Allen that leave almost no evidence of its rural heritage. Glen Allen in 2006 is what Mechanicsville and other parts of Hanover County will be in 2020 if we do nothing to put the brakes on the unrestrained growth. Mountain Road was the road often traveled by Thomas Jefferson in colonial times between Williamsburg and Charlottesville. The last vestiges of its of its rural past is the Meadow Farm at Crump Park and the Courtney Road Service Station which only serves as an historic monument.
"Where is Glen Allen?"
Friends from outside the area might not know exactly where Glen Allen is located. It is northwest of the city of Richmond. Along I-295, exits 43 through to 53 will put you in Glen Allen.