Civil War Days
There were three battles fought near Mechanicsville during the Civil War. The Battle of Beaver Dam Creek was the second of the Seven Days Battles, and Union troops managed to fend off the Confederate Army here. Part of the battlefield is now Richmond National Battlefield Park. The Battle of Gaines’ Mill, the third of the Seven Days Battles, also has a battlefield section preserved in Battlefield Park. In this battle, the Confederate Army turned back the Union Army. The third battle, the Battle of Cold Harbor, was the last in Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant’s Overland Campaign, and the last victory for General Robert E. Lee.
Preserving Precious R
The Museum of the Confederacy is about seven miles away from Mechanicsville in Richmond. It offers a heartbreaking, inspiring glimpse into the Civil War through the eyes of the Confederates. The museum is home to weapons, uniforms, flags, and paintings, along with about 5,000 pieces of Civil War-related literature. Horror and suspense master Edgar Allen Poe lived in Richmond, and the Poe Museum there, also near Mechanicsville, contains a vast tribute and an impressive array of memorabilia. Take a guided tour to learn all about Poe’s brilliant yet tragic life. There are also two art galleries nearby for art lovers to peruse.
Picking out Treasures
Antique lovers will find a veritable feast of items in this city. Through the Garden Gate Antiques has dozens of vendors who rent spaces, selling everything from refinished dressers to antique chests. You can sometimes find do-it-yourself projects mixed in with the home-ready furniture. This place is the very essence of shabby chic. For an eclectic mix of old and new jewelry, stop by Yesterday’s Jewels for some fantastic jewelry shopping. There are even one-of-a-kind pieces made by the storeowner that are sure to dazzle and delight. You may even be able to be a custom-made piece for that special gift.