Welcome to Patrick Henry's land of the free- give me liberty! Patrick Henry's Tavern is across from the Hanover Courthouse and features a historic play house and restaurant. It was visited by our founding fathers including George Washington. They host weddings and events - and this land-mark is not to be missed! Hanover is known for Hanover Tomatoes from the area's sandy-loamy soil which is great for gardening. Hanover has low taxes and a large business base at the Hanover airpark as well as Kings Dominion. Hanover still has many rural areas for farms and horses, but the homes are mostly located in urban development areas served by public water and sewer. You'll find many local historic land marks, easy access to I95, I64, and I295 which makes Hanover a great location to live and work - as well as shop and dine! The schools in Hanover have excellent ratings from greatschools.com.
In addition to Rural Plains, Clover Lea, Cold Harbor National Cemetery, Cool Well, Hanover Meeting House, Hanover Town, Immanuel Episcopal Church, Laurel Meadow, Locust Hill, Oak Forest, Oakley Hill, Selwyn, and Spring Green are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In downtown Mechanicsville stands a stone windmill, now a landmark in the area. The building was constructed as a Heritage Bank branch office in the 1970s. In 2007–2008, it was restored and enlarged by a new bank occupancy. The "windmill" is decorative and driven by an electric motor.
Mechanicsville, and the surrounding area, was the site of numerous battles during the American Civil War. Many locals love to relic hunt with metal detectors near the old battle fields. The first was the Battle of Beaver Dam Creek, which began on June 26, 1862. Confederate General A.P. Hill launched a series of assaults against Union Major General Fitz John Porter's army positioned along Beaver Dam Creek, just east of Mechanicsville. Union forces repulsed the Confederate attacks and afterward withdrew to a new position along Boatswain Creek near Gaines' Mill. The Beaver Dam Creek engagement was the second in the series of Civil War battles known as the Seven Days Battles. A small portion of the battlefield in the southeast part of the CDP has been preserved as part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, a park area administered by the National Park Service.
The Battle of Gaines' Mill was the third of the Seven Days Battles, occurring farther east of Mechanicsville. A portion of the battlefield has been preserved at the "Watt House" as part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, a park area administered by the National Park Service.
Near Gaines' Mill was the Battle of Cold Harbor, the final battle of Union Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's 1864 Overland Campaign. This was fought over the same ground as the Battle of Gaines' Mill. The area identified as part of the battlefield for "Second Cold Harbor" stretches from near the intersection of Walnut Grove Road and Mechanicsville Turnpike to "Turkey Hill" near the Rt. 156 crossing of the Chickahominy River. An area of the battlefield which saw heavy casualties and a nearby post-war National cemetery are preserved as historic monuments.