Mechanicsville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, United States. It is adjacent to the community of Charlotte Hall, which is known for its agriculture, Amish population, large farmers’ market/flea market, and the Maryland Veterans Home. Mechanicsville has many small businesses and restaurants along Maryland Route 5 and Maryland Route 235. This community is served by the St. Mary’s County Public Schools, including Chopticon High School. As of the 2010 Census, Mechanicsville had a population of 1,508 people.
The Amish settlement at Mechanicsville is one of only three Maryland Amish communities in existence. The oldest Maryland Amish settlement, at Oakland (Garrett County), was settled in 1850. Today it is a single church district in size.
The Mechanicsville Amish community in southern Maryland was founded nearly a century later (1940) than the Oakland community. But today it is much larger, consisting of 8 districts, with Amish residing in St. Mary’s County as well as in neighboring Charles County.
Mechanicsville is not far from the expanding blob that is Washington, DC, which is of course a key reason for the land pressure. There are some upscale developments in the area.
But there are many “backwoods feel” parts as well, and at least one swamp nearby. Also, the Mechanicsville Amish have Plain neighbors nearby, with an Old Order Mennonite community located a bit further south near the town of Loveville.
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