The Gospel Chicken House takes place every Saturday night west of Ashland. It's a local cultural experience.
There is no admission charge, but I'd recommend you be ready to donate when the hat goes around, and buy some dessert.
The musical groups vary from week to week, and it's all southern white gospel music. The local radio station, WHAN 1430 AM broadcasts the show (but I don't remember if it is live or sometime on Sunday; sorry).
Go west from Ashland on Rt 54 for about 6 miles, turn Right on Scotchtown Rd, go several miles, and take the first Right. Follow the signs to the venue.
The Montpelier Centre for Arts and Education is located in the old Montpelier school building, one of the best examples of school architecture of the public school movement in the 1920s and '30s. The main function of the centre is providing educational opportunities, and encouraging participation in the arts in the rural setting of Western Hanover County. It can also be used for meetings and receptions. In July, 2002, it hosted a 4th of July picnic which Jimmy "brazilnut30" and Thomas attended. From Ashland, take Route 54 west, go 11 miles (17.7 km) to intersect with Rt. 33, another 1-1/2 miles (2.4 km) on Rt. 33 (Mountain Road) to the Montpelier Centre.
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You can't miss it because it is right on route 54, downtown Ashland, so it isn't really off the beaten path physically. But how many people just pull into the college to look at the landscape and buildings. (We do!).
On Henry Street you see the solidness of the Thomas Branch building and the Admin building just behind it. Take a picture of the fountain plaza with its five spokes leading to/from nearby buildings. The modernesque structure of the dining hall followed by the military-barracks style of the freshman dormitories. The faux-front of the McGraw Library next to the artsy landscaping of the Science Center. The spire on St. Ann's and the Methodist Church are worth a couple of clicks on your camera.
Take 15 minutes (a little longer if you are on foot) and a dozen frames of film or digital and enjoy the view.
(and what college has a train station right at the side door?.... this one does. So you can get some nice train pics too.)
This visitors center is a two-room affair with brochures about area attractions and town/region maps and artifacts pertaining to the area and a mini-museum about the trains/railroad that were important to the growth of the region.
The center is located at 112 North Railroad Avenue
and it has a website:
to get there:
take I-95 exit 92 and go west on route 54 (England Street) to Railroad Avenue.
In the area behind the town hall, the farmers from around the Ashland area put up canopies and tables and stands on weekends to sell fruits, vegetables and homemade goods. There are Amish items sold there also.
it is on Duncan Street.
see the website below for days that it is open.
to get there: take I-95 to exit 92, go west on route 54 to Duncan Street.