Home New

Welcome to the Ashland Museum!

The Ashland Museum tells the story of Ashland, Virginia through words, images, voices, and objects.


Now you can explore Ashland and its rich history right from your mobile device! Currently we offer 5 walking tours complete with historical photographs, audio, and historic and architectural info for some of Ashland’s residential and commercial treasures. Explore our Historic Downtown, the grand homes of South Center Street, the Race Course Addition neighborhood, the homes around Randolph-Macon College, and the unique neighborhood known as Berkleytown.

Choose your platform:

Via Web Browser
DOWNLOAD THE APPgoogle_playapple_store
Ashland Museum Inside Out is funded in part
by a grant from CultureWorks championed by Altria,
a grant from CSX, and by donations
to the Ashland Museum Development Fund.

Upcoming Events

Untold Stories, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, 4 pm, Growing Up in Ashland/Hanover, Black and White Experiences. This year Untold Stories will be held at Patrick Henry High School. This event is free and open to the public.

This year’s storytellers are Norman Bowles, Loretta Ellis, Lyn Hodnett, Janipher Robinson, Harold Stills and Charles Waldrop.

Library Talks 2018, There are two more Library Talks in 2018. These are free and are held in the community at Ashland Library at 7pm.

• Wednesday, February 7, 7pm at the Ashland Library – Alphine Jefferson, Ph.D., R-MC Professor of History and Black Studies will talk about the Boydton Institute. After Randolph-Macon College moved to Ashland in 1868, the old campus became the Boydton Institute which operated as a school for former slaves.

• Wednesday, March 7, 7pm at the Ashland Library – Nancy Hugo will discuss the Ashland Trolley Line in a talk titled “One Mile Wild: The History and Natural Beauty of the Ashland Trolley Line.”

The Woodland Cemetery website is now live. You can search the burial records, learn about notable burials and discover the fascinating history of Woodland cemetery. The website also offers family and friends the opportunity to share stories and photos of loved ones.


News & Notes

2017 Holiday Walking & House Tour

The Ashland Museum will lead a tour through the historic Race Course Addition on December 3. We will talk about the original racecourse, how the RF&P developed the area after the Civil War, some of the original homeowners, and the architectural styles you will see along the way. At the end [...]

New Ashland Museum Sign

The Board poses with the Ashland Museum's new sign, now mounted at the front corner of the building. Look for it next time you are passing by 105 Hanover Ave. or visiting the Ashland Museum.

Grant for New Outdoor Exhibits

Aug. 6, 2015. Scott Garka, CultureWorks President, awards a check for $5,350 to Rosanne Shalf, Ashland Museum President, for the Museum’s newest exhibit.  The award from CultureWorks, Championed by Altria will be combined with a CSX grant and other donations to create outdoor exhibits within and adjacent to Ashland’s Historic District making [...]