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  • KFC, Super 8 and Day's Inn all together
    KFC, Super 8 and Day's Inn all together
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  • South Railroad Ave. @ England St.
    South Railroad Ave. @ England St.
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  • Hanover Arts and Activities Centre
    Hanover Arts and Activities Centre
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    Old buildings on Railroad Avenue

    by b1bob Updated Oct 15, 2008

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    113 South Railroad Avenue
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    Favorite thing: The first building, now an ice cream parlour, is a commercial Italianate, and was built in the 1880s or earlier. Obviously, it was one of the few buildings spared during the fire in 1893. Before Prohibition, the building housed Delarue's Saloon and Grocery.

    The second old business to note is Cross Brothers Grocery, see shopping tip.

    Fondest memory: When Christian and I were taking the tour, we were looking forward to this stop (Club Car Ice Cream parlour) the most. I was especially after one of those bright yellow historic houses down the road made me want lemon ice cream. However, we learned it didn't open until 3pm and we were gone by then.

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    Near Kings Dominion

    by grandmaR Written May 21, 2008

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    KFC, Super 8 and Day's Inn all together

    Favorite thing: In addition to the Super 8, there are many places to stay in the Ashland area. However many have terrible reviews.

    Days Inn of Ashland: Ashland Virginia
    - www.daysinn.com - (804) 798-4262

    Quality Inn Ashland
    - www.qualityinn.com - (804) 752-4898

    Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Richmond North Ashland
    - www.ichotelsgroup.com - (877) 863-4780

    Sleep Inn & Suites
    - www.sleepinn.com - (804) 752-2355

    Motel 6 Ashland, VA
    - www.motel6.com - (804) 798-0327

    Ashland Travelodge
    - www.travelodge.com - (804) 798-7342

    Hampton Inn Richmond-North/Ashland
    - www.hamptoninn.com - (804) 752-8444

    Econo Lodge-Ashland
    - www.econolodge.com - (804) 798-9221

    Henry Clay Inn Bed & Breakfast
    - www.henryclayinn.com - (804) 798-3100

    Fondest memory: And getting down towards Richmond, but still with an Ashland address are:

    Howard Johnson Inn & Suites‎
    I-95 Exit 92, 107 North Carter Road, Ashland, VA‎ - (804) 521-2377

    Palm Leaf Motel‎
    306 S Washington Hwy, Ashland, VA‎ - (804) 798-7194

    Twin Oaks Motel‎
    304 S Washington Hwy, Ashland, VA‎ - (804) 798-8423

    Shady Grove Motel & Restaurant‎
    650 N Washington Hwy, Ashland, VA‎ - (804) 798-8055

    Cadillac Motel
    11418 Washington Hwy, Ashland, VA‎ - (804) 798-4049‎

    Budget Inn‎
    101 S Carter Rd, Ashland, VA‎ - (804) 798-9291

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    301 South Center Street

    by b1bob Updated Oct 19, 2007

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    301 South Center Street

    Favorite thing: This building was once a movie house. It has shadows on the south wall as historical reminders of the location of an old stairway. During segregation, blacks would enter the movie house by these steps, which led to their allocated seats in the balcony. When the newer movie house was built in 1948, this became the black movie house.

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    100 Block of South Railroad Avenue

    by b1bob Updated Oct 19, 2007

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    South Railroad Ave. @ England St.

    Favorite thing: 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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    Hanover Arts and Activities Centre

    by b1bob Updated Oct 18, 2007

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    Hanover Arts and Activities Centre

    Favorite thing: It was originally the Ashland Baptist Church. It originally had a bell tower with a steam locomotive bell donated by the RF & P. They sold the bell to pay the minister during the Great Depression. During the War Between the States, it was used as a hospital for Confederate soldiers. After the war they had to put down a new floor to cover up the blood stains.

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    Shiloh Baptist Church

    by b1bob Updated Oct 18, 2007

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    Shiloh Baptist Church

    Favorite thing: This church is one of two black churches in Ashland. The first church was a wooden structure built in 1878. The modern church building was built in the 1890s and was covered in brick when additions were made.

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    Berkleytown

    by b1bob Updated Oct 17, 2007

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    John M. Gandy School
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    Favorite thing: Four sites of importance to the black community are located in the group of homes and school buildings near the intersection of Berkley and Henry Streets. The folks at the visitors centre suggest driving to it, but Christian and I walked it. We noticed how the Black Heritage sites were not nearly as well-maintained as those in other parts of town.

    1. When John M. Gandy School was built in 1950, this was the black high school in Hanover County. It was named for Dr. Gandy who was president of Virginia State University from 1914 to 1942. Where the parking lots now stand, a small group of wooden and cinderblock buildings where the county’s black children got their education beyond the 7th grade.

    2. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has been in this building since 1937. This has been one of the principal social organisations for working class black men.

    3. Eunice Daniel Bundy was a leading black educator during the days of segregation in Hanover County. She used to live in this house right across the street from Gandy school. She began teaching in 1930. In 1936, she was appointed principal of the Hanover County training school. When John M. Gandy High school opened up, she continued as principal. In 1966, the elementary and high schools separated and she was principal at the elementary school until she died in 1969.

    4. This house on Berkley Street is where Virginia Shelton lived since 1938. It is an example of a Sears House. Sears actually sold houses with blueprints, instructions, and building materials during much of the first half of the 20th Century. This house was built in 1918 and keeps most of its original decor.

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