Outlying Areas, Richmond
This picture shows a small shopping centre on the right side of Mechaniscville Turnpike, a few miles from downtown Richmond. The economic development of Richmond's area doesn't yet affect Mechanicsville as much as it happened in many other U.S. suburbs.
Luckily, as of right now, there are no high buildings, seats of large companies and huge offices neither in Mechanicsville nor in its outlying areas like it happened in many suburbs of fast growing US cities. Look for example at Fairfax or Arlington located close to Washington D.C.
However, many residents are fearful that if Mechanicsville develops much more, it will become a concrete canyon like so much of Northern Virginia. Nat has lived in Mechanicsville long enough to remember when the nights were dark. However, with all these new shopping centers and car dealership, Mechanicsville and other American suburbs experience light pollution.
drewry's bluff is one of 13 sites managed by the richmond national battlefield park. this 90 foot bluff has a commanding view of the james river. at the begining of the civil war the confederates built a fort on this site and named it after augustus h. drewery. the confederates also sank boats in the james river to block the union navy from approaching richmond. drewry's bluff was attacked by the union on may 15 th 1862 but were repulsed by the confederates. in 1864 the fort was attacked by the forces of union general benjamin butler and they were defeated by the forces of confederate general p.g.t. beauregard. the fort was abandoned in april 1865 after the fall of petersburg. drewry's bluff is located on the james river about five miles south of downtown richmond. for more information see the attached web site.
Mechanicsville, where Nat (b1bob) lives, is only 6 miles (10 km.) from downtown Richmond but it's independent city which belongs to Hanover county. I did visit Nat but, to be honest, I didn't see much of Mechanicsville itself.
Driving around a few times I could see lovely residential both small and quite large houses like this one on my picture (it is not Nat's house). They were put with no specific order on a little bit hilly grounds, along winding, relatively narrow roads. They were surronded by green space full of trees, flowers and various plants. Well, there are no palm trees in Virginia, they start down from southern part of Northern Carolina.
Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy was not captured by the Union till the end of the Civil War. But Richmond was in danger in 1862. The second in the series of American Civil War battles known as the Seven Days' Battles took place along Beaver Dam Creek, just east of Mechanicsville. The Seven Days Campaign, or Seven Days Battle, of the American Civil War was a great success of the Confederate commander Robert E. Lee. He managed to turn back the Union general George McClellan's Army of the Potomac River and saved Richmond in June 1862.
The battle is called Battle of Beaver Dam Creek (also known by the names Mechanicsville and Ellerson's Mill) and is commemorated by the sign: look here. A small portion of the battlefield has been preserved as part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park.