Mechanicsville Travel Guide

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    More Than Greek
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    Greek Pikilia
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    Marigold
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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

  • More Than Greek

    More Than Greek is a restaurant that opened up in the old Padow's location at the corner of Atlee and Meadowbridge Road. The restaurant is decorared well, but not to the point of being overdone. The atmosphere is that of a simple neighbourhood eatery. The meals aren't served on fine china. The drinks are served in plastic cups. If that...

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  • Giambanco's Italian Grill

    Normally, I don't recommend a wholly untested restaurant to friends, but in this case, a colleague who has similar culinary tastes recommended Giambanco's. It says on the contact cards and menu "since 1976" but this is the first time I recall hearing of it and I'm normally in the know when it comes to Richmond-area restaurants. Heretofore, when one...

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  • Eating Greek in the Neighbourhood

    More Than Greek is a restaurant that opened up in the old Padow's location at the corner of Atlee and Meadowbridge Road. The restaurant is decorared well, but not to the point of being overdone. The atmosphere is that of a simple neighbourhood eatery. The meals aren't served on fine china. The drinks are served in plastic cups. If that...

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  • Mediocre (at best) Mexican food

    On learning the hard way my go-to Italian restaurant Giambanco's was closed Mondays, my friend Jack Stockhausen and I decided to go to Viva Mexico, at the same shopping centre, for the sake of convenience. He and I are Patrón regulars and we were under no illusions the food would be better (or as good). The restaurant has much more decor in it than...

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  • Still more Thai food in Mechanicsville

    In the old Sapori location is a much better restaurant, Marigold Thai restaurant. My mama took me there near my birthday. The restaurant was well-decorated without being over the top. The service was fast too. It has a really authentic feel run by Thai natives. I normally go with just an entree, but this time I went for the appetiser and the...

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  • Thai in Mechanicsville

    Mechanicsville is about the last place you would expect to find a Thai restaurant. Pad Thai is at the old Ellerson railway station on Meadowbridge Drive, a thoroughfare less well-traveled than Mechanicsville Turnpike or Route 301. Although it still looks more like an old train station, you could smell the exotic aromas from the parking lot. The...

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  • Above Average Italian food in the 23111

    Normally, I don't recommend a wholly untested restaurant to friends, but in this case, a colleague who has similar culinary tastes recommended Giambanco's. It says on the contact cards and menu "since 1976" but this is the first time I recall hearing of it and I'm normally in the know when it comes to Richmond-area restaurants. Heretofore, when one...

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  • 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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  • 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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Mechanicsville Nightlife

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    Goal's Tavern: Goal's Tavern

    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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    Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter Memorial...

    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

  • Food trucks at Stonewall

    Since 2015, the Stonewall Jackson Middle School Parent-Teacher Association (P.T.A.) has rented out food vendor slots in the school bus lane. The food trucks go there every Monday in spring and summer. In early spring this year, there were two food trucks there: Curbside Creations and Slideways. I went to Curbside Creations, where they offer Cajun...

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  • 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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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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    Shaved Ice( Bahama Snow Shack)

    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 General

  • 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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not the best Chinese Buffet, but better
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new Chinese restaurant in town
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drug store lunch counter
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Before you go to the river
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A new neighbourhood eatery
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Mediterranean in Mechanicsville
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Formerly Dublin's Irish Pub
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Eating...well, it depends...in the neighbourhood
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worth the wait
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palatable Italian food along 301
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a fine place for breakfast and lunch
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Come gitcha some (early)
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As fresh as it gets (eat your heart out, Martin's)
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Gaines Mill and Cold Harbor
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Eatin' Bad in the Neighbourhood
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Better Chinese dining
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Chinese Food to take away or eat in
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That's NOT amore
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From a Cadillac to a mule
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Asian food in Mechanicsville?
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Italian Kitchen
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Calabash Seafood
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Bistro in Mechanicsville
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Quality Across the Board
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SOlid Appetizers
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Send it on!
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Hanover Tomato Festival
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Christmas Parade
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Kroger and more
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Hanover Plaza
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Yet another shopping centre
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As if we needed another one...
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Atlee Square
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For your Christian friends
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Bowles Farm Plaza
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Pasta House
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All you can eat, can't beat that
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A friendly place for families to dine
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Adequate Italian food
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fair fare in old town Mechanicsville
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