What to do and see in Mechanicsville, United States: The Best Places and Tips

August 7, 2017 Weston Hennigan

Mechanicsville is an unincorporated area and census-designated place (CDP) in Hanover County, Virginia, United States. The population was 36,348 during the 2010 census, up from 30,464 at the 2000 census.
Restaurants in Mechanicsville

1. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220-4007 +1 804-340-1400
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5 based on 2 reviews

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

VMFA Arts is a top comprehensive US art museum with more than 5,000 years of art from around the world. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. The Wall Street Journal recently stated that VMFA is now a "two day museum."

Reviewed By jennifera64 - Danville, Virginia

Tis place has it all! Paintings, sculptures, furniture, Faberge, artifacts...you name it, they have it! I was pleasantly surprised and how much I enjoyed this museum. It's a lot to take in for one visit so, I will be returning. I would describe this museum as a "mini Louvre." I just cannot say enough great things!

2. Cold Harbor Battlefield Park

5515 Anderson-Wright Dr., Mechanicsville, VA 23111 +1 804-226-1981
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4.5 based on 93 reviews

Cold Harbor Battlefield Park

Reviewed By Jack L - East Syracuse, New York

Fought from May 31-JUne 12, 1864. Gen Robert E. Lee stopped union Gen. Ulysses Grant, With Gen. Grant suffering 12,738 causalities to Gen. Lee's 5.287. The battle was part of Gen. Grant's Overland Campaign before heading south.

The visitor center's range gave much information about the before doing two tours, which are an auto & walking. The driving tour is a one way 1/2 mile winding, narrow asphalt roadway. There three stops with one-two information stands. Plenty of parking at each stop.

The walking trail will cross the roadway. Not sure how long the trail is in length & time. A wilding pathway parallels the 1864 confederate trenches & small information posts. There is bench shortly before crossing the roadway.

After crossing the road are more signs & trenches that leads to an open field & a bench. I walked to the extended Loop Trail before turning back toward the visitor center. How far the trail continues have no idea.

Locating the visitor center/battlefield can be difficult as the 5515 Anderson-Wright will not match up on a GPS unit. One address I did find is the :
Cold Harbor National Cemetery,
6038 Cold Harbor Road,
Mechanicsville, VA.
Since I didn't visit the cemetery, can't say how far the cemetery is to the visitor cemetery. A visitor can call the visitor center direct ,asking for direction.

A visit is recommended, just know the exact location & not waste time as I did.

3. Maymont

1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220-6899 +1 804-358-7166
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Maymont

Maymont is a 100-acre American estate, an extraordinary gift given to the community by James and Sallie Dooley who lived there from 1893 to 1925. Whether strolling in the gardens, touring the mansion, watching river otters at play, or petting a goat, there is something for everyone to enjoy. NEW! Golf cart tours are now available. Explore the rolling hills and winding path with ease with a personal tour guide!

Reviewed By Susan L - Staunton, Virginia, United States

I've had pleasant visits to Maymont in the past, but this last time will have me choosing to go elsewhere in the future. The groundskeeper kept using his bullhorn to repeatedly announce that the grounds closed at 5 and that the gates would be locked. There were only a few people left, and we did clear out by 5, but he was so aggressive it bordered on obnoxious. If he had talked to the few groups individually or even prefaced his requests with a "please" it would have been much less objectionable.

4. Governor's Antiques & Architectural Materials Ltd.

8030 Antique Ln, Mechanicsville, VA 23116-3855 +1 804-746-1030
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Governor's Antiques & Architectural Materials Ltd.

Reviewed By boulesprouse - Charlottesville, Virginia

I've been going to Governor's for years, even when it was theoretically closed. Under the new and MBA style management of a younger family member, Governor's is a different place. The old place was fabulous, too- then it was a real jumble and the challenges of finding something, much less getting a price, gave it a certain pirate's cave thrill... and a certain frustration. Now, unbelievable amounts of stuff are being dusted off, put into understandable relationship with one another and many items now have price tags! Gone is the wild, wild west feel. Well, perhaps not entirely gone, but polishing up its manners.
Whatever they have, they tend to have dozens of that same type of item, whether it is African statuary, tubs, yard chairs, toy cars, etc. They run long on doors, planks, sinks and tubs, but there may not be any category they've missed altogether.
This is not really a salvage yard, exactly. It is well on its way to becoming a curated antiques emporium. And the stuff is not cheap. You pay more because they found it and have piled it up in accessible ways. But as they do more and more showcasing, the prices seem a little more justified. A little.
My only wish is that they would be more open to a small amount of haggling- not a 50% cut, but perhaps a few dollars off. It makes the customer feel so much more invested. And never overlook the power of even a cheap lagniappe! A paper fan, a wee measuring tape, a promise of a few dollars off the next purchase...
But if you want patio chairs, I'll see you there!

5. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228-4700 +1 804-262-9887
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

With something for all ages and interests, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a place to learn about plants, to marvel at nature, to relax in a beautiful setting, to take gardening classes, or to have a wedding or a business meeting. A wide variety of experiences are offered through its diverse gardens and facilities. No wonder Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is consistently one of the most-visited attractions in the Richmond, Va., area.

Reviewed By marykarz - Bluffton, South Carolina

We had a wide range of ages in our group--67 being the oldest, and 7 being the youngest. There is a good bit of walking if you see all of the gardens. We all enjoyed it--there are a good many things the kids can do...MoreThanks for taking the time to write a review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit.

6. Cold Harbor National Cemetery

6038 Cold Harbor Rd, Mechanicsville, VA 23111-6925 +1 804-795-2031
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Cold Harbor National Cemetery

Reviewed By 1967foodie - Mechanicsville, Virginia

We visited the Cold Harbor National Cemetery September 15, 2012. We live nearby and had never stopped. The cemetery is small enough to see all the graves in about an hour. Most of the graves are for Yankee soldiers killed during the Cold Harbor battles. There are a few recent graves and headstones.

One of the most interesting things in the cemetery are two graves that have had their headstones completely enveloped by trees. All you can see of the original head stone is the tight side of the stone stickling out of the tree. The grounds are well maintained.

7. Virginia Holocaust Museum

2000 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23223-7032 +1 804-257-5400
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4.5 based on 335 reviews

Virginia Holocaust Museum

Founded to educate the community about the tragedies of the Holocaust, the Virginia Holocaust Museum strives to memorialize and document the atrocities of World War II. Through exhibits, programming, and outreach, the Museum uses the history of genocide to teach the dangers of prejudice and indifference.

Reviewed By nova654 - mclean, va

We recently visited this museum when we had a few hours to fill. Surprisingly interesting museum, especially for a free venue. One aspect I especially enjoyed was the fact that there were videos with containing stories of holocaust survivors that now live in Richmond. Many other interesting facts and pictures. One can spend 2.5 - 3 hours easily

8. Hollywood Cemetery

412 S Cherry at Albemarle St, Richmond, VA +1 804-648-8501
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Hollywood Cemetery

Reviewed By FamSiam V

I went through on a chilly but sunny Sunday morning, and mostly had the place to myself. A walk would be very feasible, but because I had limited time, I drove - which was also doable. There’s no great parking near key most grave sites, but adequate room throughout to pull over and park for a few minutes. The history here is incredible, and of course complex. Take a picture of the stone map at the entrance to navigate the cemetery or use a guidebook on your smart phone. In addition to the presidential graves (ponder the fact that as of 2018, John Tyler, our 10th President, born in 1790, still has two living grandsons!), check out the memorial for the tragic Confederate figure, Major General George Pickett (of Pickett’s Charge infamy at Gettysburg); his wife was the first woman interred in the confederate section.

9. Virginia Capitol Building

9th & Grace Sts, Richmond, VA 23219 +1 804-698-1788
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4.5 based on 904 reviews

Virginia Capitol Building

Inside the white, columned state capitol building, designed by Thomas Jefferson to resemble a first-century Roman temple in France, is the only sculpture of George Washington produced in his lifetime.

Reviewed By Roy F - Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

An incredible Jefferson designed white building sitting on a hill in the middle of Richmond in a park like setting. Either guided or self guided tours are available. Very friendly and helpful staff. We went when the legislature was out of session so it wasn’t crowded and we could spend as much time as we wanted roaming around the building. Visitor entrance and center has been excavated out of the hill in front of the building, so it’s unobtrusive from the outside. It provides convenient access, a gift shop and small cafeteria. Including a bite to eat, it took about 90 minutes to see everything.

10. St. John's Episcopal Church

2401 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23223-7128 +1 804-648-5015
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4.5 based on 316 reviews

St. John's Episcopal Church

Historic St. John's Church - where Patrick Henry gave his 'give me liberty or give me death' speech. We are closed to the public the month of January.

Reviewed By srcmumsey - Richmond, Virginia

Be a part of and witness Patrick Henry"s Historic "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. 4th grade and older will enjoy sitting next to the participants.

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