Mechanicsville Travel Guide

  • Juicy Lucy's
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Mechanicsville Things to Do

  • 36th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Marker

    This monument was erected by Charles Storke who was a veteran of the War Between the States at the Second Battle of Cold Harbor in 1864 to commemorate the 36th Wisconsin (needless to say union) Volunteer Infantry. Storke survived the losing battle, but he was a prisoner of war sent to Andersonville, South Carolina for the rest of the war. After the...

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  • Cold Harbor National Cemetery

    The Cold Harbor National Cemetery across the street from Garthright House contains nearly 2000 burials from the War Between the States, including most of the Union dead from the two large area battles. There are monuments there to Pennsylvania and New York soldiers, as well. en español, em português

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  • Garthright House

    The historic home is believed to back to the 18th century. The house served as a hospital in Gaines Mill and Cold Harbor. Although it is not open to the public, there are exterior exhibits. Directly beside the house is the Hanover County Cold Harbor Park, which includes a walking trail through some of the reserve Union positions from the 1864...

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Mechanicsville Restaurants

  • burgers, hot dogs and more

    In the summer of 2014, Juicy Lucy's opened up where Willie's Barbecue used to be. The first time I went here was for some takeaway North Carolina barbecue. Three weeks later, I brought a friend here where we both had some hot dogs. The service was speedy and attentive. The decor wasn't over the top. There are several tellies throughout the place,...

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  • a new restaurant with an identity crisis

    From the outside, and even on the inside, Sapori seemed to me like a really classy restaurant. Like I always do, I test out restaurants like these at lunch time. If it's bad I'm not out much. The decor looked more Oriental than Latin or Italian. That is a curious combination that is not really congruent. The service was prompt and spot-on. I...

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  • one of the better Mexican restaurants

    I was surprised one evening to find Nacho Mama's gone from its Mechanicsville location. Instead of slinking off to La Casita, I tried this place without expecting too much given the track record with newer restaurants around here. With very few exceptions, Mexican restaurants in this area have been hit or miss. However, in a lot of ways, The Patron...

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  • not the best Chinese Buffet, but better

    There have been several incarnations of Chinese buffets at this location across the 5 years since CVS moved cattywampus across the street. The previous one had to be the WORST Chinese buffet at which I have ever eaten. For example, they seem to let the food languish under the heated lights. The egg rolls were like logs. You almost need beaver teeth...

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  • new Chinese restaurant in town

    Zheng is the last Chinese restaurant...listed in the Mechanicsville phone directory. For a tenant at a shopping centre, they pay special attention to decor. It's tasteful, but not overdone. The waitress was friendly, helpful, and attentive. It's open 7 days a week: Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-10:30pm; Sunday 12 noon-10pm. Being...

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  • drug store lunch counter

    The drug store lunch counter is getting to be as scarce as hen's teeth. Mechanicsville is blessed by two of them: Mechanicsville Drug Store and Westbury. It is on the Mechanicsville Turnpike Bypass at a shopping centre anchored by the flea market and Dollar General store. Some of these lunch counters only have seating at the counter, but there are...

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  • Before you go to the river

    Aptly named the Riverbound Cafe, it is located on Route 360 East (the main thoroughfare between Richmond and various river holiday spots) at Creighton Crossing Shopping Centre, just east of downtown Mechanicsville, Virginia. The hours are: Monday to Saturday (7am-9pm); Sunday (8am-2pm). The restaurant has a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere with...

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  • A new neighbourhood eatery

    I first heard of the opening of Marty's Grill on facebook when friends who lived in that area became fans of it. Before I committed myself to becoming a fan, I had to taste the food. In late March, 2010, I finally got around to try this place that had only been open a couple months. Even though it was a tenant at the new Rutland Commons Shopping...

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  • Mediterranean in Mechanicsville

    This is a small new restaurant at the shopping centre across the parking lot from the Kroger next to Blockbuster Video where Coffee, Fudge and Nuts used to be. It is run by a couple (the husband is an American and the wife is Iranian). Of course they offer gyros, but they also have shwarma, hummus, tabouli, dolmades, pita crisps, and baklava for...

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Mechanicsville Nightlife

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    by gipper84 Updated Jun 28, 2005

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    Goal's Tavern is fairly new in Mechanicsville. As a matter of fact it used to be Scooters. Goal's is a little bar, where friends can get together and share a drink and just enjoy the serene lil mood of a quiet bar in Old Mechanicsville. Goal's also has a few pool tables to keep folks busy if they want alittle more entertainment. It also has a juke box, which is always playing 60's and 70's rock. Some people wouldn't be caught dead in this little bar, because they think they are too good for a good ole small country bar, but I think it has its own flavor of fun, and is a great experience to try if you find yourself trapped in Mechanicsville for the night.

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Mechanicsville Transportation

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    by b1bob Written Mar 15, 2004

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    Small town America likes to commemorate its local heroes. Hull Maintenance Technician 2d Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter was one of the first casualties in America's war on terror. On 12 October 2000, nearly a year before the 11 September 2001 disaster, Clodfelter and 16 of his colleagues were killed when their ship, the U.S.S. Cole, was bombed by terrorists in harbour in Aden.

    Clodfelter Bridge (over I-295)

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Mechanicsville Shopping

  • antiquing in 'da ville

    I'm not normally keen on antiques, but my friend and fellow VTer Lee Mitchell grooves on them a little bit. He was looking for some specific things for his new townhouse.ANTIQUE VILLAGE is a warehouse along Route 301 between Mechanicsville and Hanover Courthouse under which as many as 50 antique and collectibles under one roof. I remember being...

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  • For a few odds and ends

    Hanover Village Shopping Centre is a small strip mall at the corner of Mechanicsville Turnpike and Lee-Davis Road. Anchoring Hanover Village are Tractor Supply Company and Rite Aid Drug store. You can also buy or enjoy sporting goods, hair or nail styling, arts and crafts, an Italian restaurant, auto parts, a credit union, and a crafts store...

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  • long-standing shopping centre holding...

    Mechanicsville Shopping Centre is a small but significant shopping centre in downtown Mechanicsville. The strip mall is anchored by the Mechanicsville Flea Depot and a Dollar General store. Among the other tenants are Westbury Pharmacy which still has a lunch counter, a dance studio, a fish and tackle shop, and an Irish pub. In the spring, summer,...

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Mechanicsville Local Customs

  • EATING THE HANOVER TOMATO-HANOVER...

    This is a way to enjoy the "Hanover Tomato".....created by my brother, who has been doing this for many years....he also makes his own "Salt Rising Bread" noted below....the "Salt Rising Bread" will have a distinctive odor but is delicious when eaten.....it is eaten for a snack during the evening of TV-ing or when you desire.......great for...

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  • Southern Pride

    Mechanicsville is located on the Battlefield of Cold Harbor, which was fought to a draw in 1864. Because of that, there is no shortage of Southern pride here. For example, I live on Lee-Davis Road named for General Robert E. Lee and Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Four local schools, three of which I attended: Battlefield Park Elementary,...

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  • Hanover Tomato Festival

    It seems like each small town has a festival for its favourite local crop. South Boston, Virginia has its Cantaloupe Festival; Urbana has its Oyster Festival; West Point (Virginia) has its Crab Fest; and Hanover County has its Tomato Festival. It must be something unique in the soil, but Hanover tomatoes are among the best American tomatoes. They...

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Mechanicsville Warnings and Dangers

  • All Gas Station - US 301

    Please, do yourselves a favor, avoid purchasing gas alltogether on US 301 in Hanover. The stations are notoriousley the most expensive around, and sometime have been 15 cents a gallon more than other stations nearby. Please, avoid 301 gas stations at all costs.

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  • Shell - US 360 @ I-295

    A tip to the traveler. If you get off on US 360 exit 37A, DO NOT purchase gasoline at the first Shell station you enounter (on your left immediately after the exit). This station is notoriousley the most expensive in Mechanicsville. If you're a BJ's Wholesale Club member, you can turn right at the first light and go about a mile to find a BJ's with...

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Mechanicsville Off The Beaten Path

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    by gipper84 Written Jun 20, 2005

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    Bahama Snow Snack is the neatest little place to stop if you have 5 minutes, and are dying from heat exhaustion. The Sno Shack does a wide assortment of flavors ranging from strawberry, to grape, to blueberry, to even mango. There are about 30 different flavors and they are all real good. Trust me, I have probably had all of them since that place has opened. It is in the same shopping center as Westbury Pharmacy, so after lunch you can swing by and get a good ole shaved ice drink. There are even benches outside to sit and enjoy your brain-freeze which will most definetly come....just wait and see! I advise you not to drink it too fast, or you will wind up numbing your brain to the point where you feel like you can't move. It is an interesting feeling, so disregard what I previously said and try it one time. LOL!!! Enjoy a new experience, and kill some unnecessary brain cells while you are at it.

    in the car park of the Mechanicsville Shopping Cen

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Mechanicsville Sports & Outdoors

  • Pole Green Skate Park

    At all points in the year, not just during the Tomato Festival, Pole Green Park offers a skate park. This was designed to find an appropriate place for young folks to roller blade and skateboard without harassing local merchants whose sidewalks were full of roller bladers and skateboarders beforehand. Skates, rollerblades, skateboard, shin guards,...

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  • AMF Hanover Lanes

    AMF Hanover Lanes is Mechanicsville's one and only bowling alley. A good-fitting pair of bowling shoes and a bowling ball.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Mechanicsville Favorites

  • Southern hospitality

    Mechanicsville may not look like it clung to its small-town roots very well on seeing the development passing through on Route 360. The landscape may have changed, but the people here are slow to change to a suburban bedroom community like the West End in Henrico County. One example is the Southern hospitality displayed by my friend Nat and his...

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  • Camp Hanover

    This is not exactly a fond memoury, but a notable one. Camp Hanover is located in still-rural (for the moment) eastern Hanover County. It opened for the express purpose of hosting church retreats. In late October, 1981, my church youth group went on a retreat here. I wasn't keen on it for two reasons; First, I didn't like all the programming...

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  • Christmas

    This is a typical Christmas tree at my house. Until 1989, we always had Christmas in South Boston or Virgilina. So, there were never any nights here anticipating the arrival of Father Christmas. This photo was taken before many of the presents were wrapped and stowed underneath. We were traditionalists on when to open presents. Some folks did it...

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