Welcome to the Ashland Museum!

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

Current Exhibits
From Antebellum Resort to Civil War Town: 1836-1865
Ashland Reborn: 1865 – 1900
Red Caboose – an authentic 1926 C&O Railroad train caboose

Upcoming Exhibits
Historic Ashland Neighborhoods, Then and Now:  watch for announcements.
Ashland 1900-1940: coming in October 2014. If you have photos or stories of Ashland events, businesses, or families that might help us tell the story of this era, please get in touch. Use our Contact form, send an email (info@ashlandmuseum.org), or call us at 804-368-7314 and leave a message.

Upcoming Events
Sat., July 26, 10:00 am – History Camp – Civil War Spies
Sat., Aug. 23, 10:00 am – History Camp – The Telegraph: Texting in the 19th Century
Sat., Sept. 6, 11:00 am – Walking Tour of Ashland
Sat., Sept. 20, 4:30pm – Woodland Cemetery Tour

History Camp – Food & Cooking during the Civil War Era – will be rescheduled soon. Check back for new date or watch for announcement on our Facebook page.

MUSEUM HOURS:
Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
or by appointment. Groups are welcome. Call or  Contact us to make arrangements. We are a volunteer-staffed museum. Check our Calendar for schedule changes.
105 Hanover Avenue, Ashland, VA 23005. 804-368-7314.

Would your group like a Private Tour of the Museum or a Walking Tour of Ashland? What a great idea for family reunions, wedding weekends, & club outings. Call or Contact us to make special arrangements.

Please join or renew your membership today! We need your support to keep the Museum open and thriving. We always need volunteers, too.  Just two hours a month will help keep the Museum and Red Caboose open. Call us at 804-368-7314 or send us a message for more info.

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Museum News and Notes

Walking Tours of Ashland

Walking Tours of Ashland

Posted on Apr 06, 2014 by .

Join us for a Walking Tour of Ashland! Our Walking Tour takes visitors on a stroll through the center of town to explore a portion of Ashland’s Historic District. You’ll view many lovely homes and historic buildings built from the 1850’s to the early 1900’s, along both sides of the railroad tracks. Your tour guide […]

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Woodland Cemetery Tour

Woodland Cemetery Tour

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 by .

Join us for a walking tour of Ashland’s historic Woodland Cemetery. Woodland was founded in 1862 as a burial site for Confederate dead.  Find out about others resting in Woodland including some of Ashland’s founding fathers and Randolph-Macon College founders and presidents. Did  you know that the pilot of one of first planes hijacked by […]

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History Camp

History Camp

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 by .

Feedback from parents who attended our January programs for children has led us to try something different this summer. Ashland Museum History Camp for 2014 is called Summer Saturdays. We’ll have a history-themed program on the fourth Saturday of each month from May through August. The programs will run from 10:00 – 11:30 am and […]

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Ashland Reborn!: 1865-1900

Ashland Reborn!: 1865-1900

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 by .

Exploring the Schools, Churches, Residences and Businesses of the Post Civil War Era Follow the growth of Ashland in post Civil War era in the museum’s new exhibit. Now on display at the Ashland Museum.  Read about the development of public education in Ashland. See if you can help identify people in the school photo […]

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Documentary Film: “A Railroad Runs Through It”

Documentary Film: “A Railroad Runs Through It”

Posted on Nov 01, 2012 by .

The Ashland Museum new documentary film about Ashland, “A Railroad Runs Through It: The Unique History of a Virginia Train Town” premiered on Nov. 10, 2012 to great reviews from the audience at Ashland’s Firehouse Theatre. Copies of the video on DVD are now available for sale at the Museum at $10. All proceeds from […]

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Antebellum Resort to Civil War Town: Ashland Virginia from 1836 to 1865

Antebellum Resort to Civil War Town: Ashland Virginia from 1836 to 1865

Posted on Nov 01, 2012 by .

The museum’s first exhibit, “Antebellum Resort to Civil War Town: Ashland Virginia from 1836 to 1865” takes visitors from Ashland’s beginnings as Slash Cottage railroad resort to its Civil War experience.  The exhibit includes a display of the Dawson family and the Civil War bullet they found in a fireplace while renovating an antebellum home […]

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Volunteering at the Ashland Museum

Volunteering at the Ashland Museum

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 by .

VOLUNTEERING: We need volunteers! Use our Contact page if you are interested in helping out at the Museum. Below, we’ve listed some of the activities our volunteers get involved in. Help us keep the Museum and the Red Caboose open for visitors, 10 am-2 pm on Saturdays and 12:30pm-2:30 pm on Sundays. Volunteers work 2-hour […]

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Support the Museum with your Membership

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 by .

We greatly appreciate your interest in supporting the Ashland Museum! Please visit our Support page to learn how you can help the Museum. Your support will help us build our fledgling organization, keep the lights on at our new Museum space and the Red Caboose, buy supplies to build exhibits and store archival materials, let […]

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