Ashland Travel Guide

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Ashland Things to Do

  • visitor center

    the ashland visitor center is located in the historic 1840's ashland train depot. this depot was used during the civil war by the confederates to transfer supplies between richmond and frederickburg. at the visitor center you can get information about the historic attractions of ashland and hanover county.

  • pace-armistead hall

    pace-armistead hall is home to the flippo gallery. the flippo gallery hosts student art exhibitions and traveling exhibitions from around the country. pace-armistead hall was built in 1876 and is listed on the national register of historic places.

  • washington and franklin hall

    washington and franklin hall is located on the randolph-macon college campus. today washington and franklin hall is home to randolph-macon's department of history. washington and franklin hall was built in 1872 and is listed on the national register of historic places.

  • randolph-macon college

    randolph-macon college was founded by methodists in boydtown virginia in 1830. during the civil war the rail line to boydtown was destroyed and in 1868 the college was moved to ashland. the beautiful campus of randolph-macon college is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in victorial architecture the...

  • historic district

    ashland's downtown historic district is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in architecture there is the beautiful campus of randolph-macon college and scores of antebellum and victorian era homes.

  • Good Place for a Picnic

    DeJarnette Park in the heart of the historic district of Ashland is a "passive park," which means it just has a pond, a few picnic tables, and quiet woods surrounding it. If you are passing through town, or taking in the shops and a walking tour, the park is worth a little bit of time if you enjoy a quiet spot.


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Ashland Restaurants

  • Quick Lunch off I-95

    under construcitonWe used to have a Perkins near us, but not anymore. This Perkins is attach to a motel and the restrooms are in the hotel lobby.When we came in there was a sign on the door saying that they didn't take any travelers checks because of counterfeits. The menu board had specials for Weds night, Friday night and Sunday night, but we...

  • 24 Hours

    The first Waffle House restaurant was opened in 1955 in Avondale Estates, an Atlanta suburb. It is still headquartered in Georgia (in Norcross). The Waffle House, Inc.® system operates more than 1,400 restaurants in 25 states and each restaurant is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.It came to my attention most forcefully because when we...

  • Rest Stop

    In addition to the Waffle House® Restaurant where we ate for the first time on the latest trip, there are many fast food and chain restaurants at the Ashland interchange or a little farther into town. The chain restaurants include Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Ruby Tuesday, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, and...

  • Right on the money!

    After a string of bad luck in trying new restaurants (Candlelight Cafe in Williamsburg and Wild Willie's in Mechanicsville), I was a little gun shy about going out to an unknown quantity. However, the Richmond Times Dispatch wrote a good review of O'Bank's in Ashland. Someone might jump to the conclusion that the owner's original intent was to...

  • better Chinese in the area

    At the fork of Rt. 54 and Rt. 33, Bamboo is an uncommonly good Chinese restaurant, notwithstanding the fact it's in the middle of nowhere. The atmosphere is much brighter and livelier than some other such restaurants in the area. At the corner of the Montpelier Shoppes, light came in from two sides. Although there weren't many people there when we...

  • Knickers at the Hollows

    When my friend Rusty said he'd take me to lunch at the Hollows Golf Club, I was sure we'd be tossed out. However, the Hollows is open to the public and it doesn't have the snooty air the Hanover Country Club just 8 miles (12.9 km.) away. On top of that, the food is much better. There weren't many people eating in the clubhouse the Monday afternoon...


Ashland Nightlife

  • Good Music in a Listening Room

    Ashland Coffee and Tea is a great place to hear nationally-known singer/songwriters, blues musicians, and others. They call it a "listening room." which means you know you will be able to hear the music. They serve soups, salads, sandwiches, and nighly specials like quiche, and you can have beer or wine in addition to their coffees and teas. Music...

  • Movies for $3

    Ashland Movie Theater is a throwback to the old days in more ways than one. Enlarge the photo and examine the architecture. Also, whereas these multiplex theatres at the mall have more screens than anyone from Roxboro can count charge $10 for a movie ticket, you can get tickets for $3 here. Make no mistake, these aren't first-run films for that low...

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Ashland Transportation

  • on auto

    Getting to Ashland is fairly simple: take I-95 to exit 92 and go west 2 miles on route 54.Getting around the Ashland area is easy also with your own car or rental. The town streets are nicely layed out in a grid pattern with streets on the north side of route 54 designated with a North in the name and South in the name for streets south of route...

  • Ashland station

    Ashland Amtrak station is an unstaffed station with limited crippled access. It doubles as the Ashland-Hanover Visitor's Centre. However, for those who travel by rail to see King's Dominion theme park, Ashland is the closest station. Ironically, the Ashland station has more architectural character than the larger stations in Richmond, Raleigh and...

  • Most folks get there by car

    Most folks get there by car. There is a convenient, if little-used Amtrak station, appropriately enough on Railroad Avenue. Ashland has some historical value as it is the boyhood home of American patriot Patrick Henry. It is also a university town (Randolph Macon College) and a good wayside stop for interstate travels. Exit 92-B in the included...


Ashland Shopping

  • Hickory Creek Antiques

    Hickory Creek Antiques is a mall of over 30 vendors at the Ashland Town Center shopping centre just west of downtown Ashland. They offer furniture, advertising items (e.g. old "Coca-Cola" signs), framed prints, retro kitchen furniture, old cookbooks, baseball cards, toys, and games. My friend Lee was in search of a sturdy table or shelves to hold...

  • an old fashioned grocery store

    Cross Brothers Grocery has been here since 1912 and the family-operated business is still known for its personal touch. It is still owned by the Cross family. They still provide home delivery and charge accounts. There are old photos and antique grocery equipment in the back. Cross Brothers has such a reputation for being the old neighbourhood...

  • Wal-Mart Supercentre Shopping Centre

    Normally, Wal-Mart Supercentres are stand-alone entities, but this one in Ashland, just off Route 54 has a fairly good-sized strip mall with it. Among the stores at this shopping centre are Cato's, Brick Oven Pizza, Dollar Tree, Shoe Show, Friedrich's Jewelers, and a cash advance centre. An odd thing about this Wal-Mart Supercentre is that many...


Ashland Local Customs

  • Centre of the universe?

    Folks from Ashland, Virginia like to think of themselves as the centre of the universe. They are definitely at the geographic centre of Hanover County, Virginia. Former mayor Dick Gillis came with the slogan in the 1980s supposedly because it was close to the mountains, the beach, Richmond, and D.C. It is right along the railroad line and it is a...

  • Independence Day

    You, too, can be in a Fourth of July parade, or just watch it. Ashland's Old Time 4th of July Celebration typically begins with a parade down Center St. The one basic rule is no motorized vehicles, so you'll see lots of bikes, rollerskates, lawn chair marching units, croquet teams, pony carts, dogs, etc. If you want to add your own group or join...

  • 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...


Ashland Warnings and Dangers

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    by davecallahan Written Mar 7, 2007

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    Ashland seemed like such a nice place to stop along the travel route that I was surprised to see the crime statistics for this town.

    It is right at the average crime level for American cities.
    It has 16 registered sex offenders.
    There are 15 car thefts annually, which is high for such a small town.

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Ashland Off The Beaten Path

  • Southern White Gospel Music and Good Pie

    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...

  • Montpelier Centre for Arts and Education

    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...

  • Randolph Macon College

    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...


Ashland Sports & Outdoors

  • Hanover County Country Club

    Hanover Country Club is located 4 miles (6.4 km.) west of downtown. The club is in the middle of a private neighbourhood, the hills, and the South Anna River. I know what you're thinking: the thought of me within 50 miles (80 km.) of a country club is unthinkable and not just because I don't play golf well. I have been here a couple of times for...

  • Randolph-Macon athletics

    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...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Ashland Favorites

  • Old buildings on Railroad Avenue

    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. When Christian...

  • Near Kings Dominion

    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 - - (804) 798-4262 Quality Inn Ashland - - (804) 752-4898 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Richmond North Ashland - - (877) 863-4780 ...

  • 301 South Center Street

    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. en español, em...


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