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MECHANICSVILLE, TEXAS. Mechanicsville was a small lumber town in extreme western Smith County on a dirt road 1½ miles west of Mount Sylvan. The settlement was established in 1862 by Francis Lang. Early in the 1870s a furniture factory was constructed in the area; Lang was manager. The factory may have employed as many as twenty workers, making chairs and other wooden furnishings. In 1871 there was a sawmill in the area, and the next year the community was organized. It included the factory and mill, as well as some twelve houses. The Mechanicsville Road, a local trade and travel route, extended from Tyler to Garden Valley and had a southern branch that reached the small community. Mechanicsville disappeared from county records after only a short while. According to area residents, a forest fire destroyed the town and the local economy. The 1936 county highway map showed only an unidentified cemetery and a few scattered dwellings at the site. In 1965 two houses and the Robbs (formerly Mechanicsville) Cemetery were in the vicinity. A 1973 map showed four dwellings and the cemetery just east of the Boynton oilfield. The cemetery was still shown on a 1981 map.


Donald W. Whisenhunt, comp., Chronological History of Smith County (Tyler, Texas: Smith County Historical Society, 1983). Albert Woldert, A History of Tyler and Smith County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1948).

Vista K. McCroskey


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Vista K. McCroskey, "MECHANICSVILLE, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed March 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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