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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.

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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

Train Day, Saturday, November 4, 10am-5pm

Holiday Walking Tours, Sunday, December 3, 2 and 4 pm.

Library Talks 2018, Three Library Talks have been schedule for 2018. These are free and are held in the community at Ashland Library at 7pm.

• Wednesday, January 10, 7pm at the Ashland Library – Hugh Campbell will discuss the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

• 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

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 [...]

Bringing in a New Century: 1900-1940

In 1900, Ashland became a 20th century town, along with the rest of the country and the world. The new century brought many new challenges and new ideas. Visit the Ashland Museum to explore Ashland's journey from 1900 to 1940. Panels describe developments and challenges of the 1900-1940 era [...]