100 Block of South Railroad Avenue
This block burned down in the Great Fire of 1893. The Ashland fire department together with citizen bucket brigades tried real hard to put it out. Sadly, the fire destroyed all the buildings. Most of today's buildings were built between 1894 and 1913 of fire resistant brick.
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Farmers' Market on Saturdays
The Farmers' Market just off England/Thompson St behind the Town Hall occurs every Saturday morning from late Spring through Fall. All the growers must be based in Hanover County, and it's a small, friendly place to visit and buy some flowers, eggs, herbs, fruits or vegetables.
If you are visiting Ashland on a Saturday morning, I suggest you go have a coffeehouse breakfast at Ashland Coffee and Tea and then walk one block west to the market.
The Yellow Jackets is the nickname for Ralph-Macon College's athletic programme. In football, they have won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference title eight times. For more than a century, Randolph-Macon has met the Tigers of Hampden-Sydney College in the oldest small college football rivalry in the South, traditionally known as The Game. For a week before the big game, the entire Randolph-Macon and Ashland community comes together in celebration and support of the Yellow Jackets. Christian and I passed by Day Field on as they were putting down chalk boundaries in the turf in preparation for a big game the following day against Johns Hopkins University. Sadly, Christian and I still had a lot left to do so we missed the game. The home team would go on to lose 14-21.
Ashland Travel Guide
"Ashland is on the (Am)tracks"
Ashland Virginia is a great town to visit on your travels. If you are traveling down the eastern USA on Amtrak, you can find a safe hotel or motel within a safe mile (safe to walk) of the train station. Just walk 1/2 block south to England St, then walk about 1/2 mile to Rt 1. Keep walking (but be careful for American drivers and no sidewalks) and you will see many motels. The first one on your left will be the Hampton Inn. It is the most expensive, and very nice. After that is the Sleep Inn (new in 2007) on the left. Down about another 1/4 mile is a Holiday Inn Express on the left. There are other motels, too, but I don't want to recommend them, because they change ownership often.
Also, there is one very nice inn, The Henry Clay Inn, just across the street from the railroad station (It is rather expensive, but very nice).