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The Birth of a Museum

The Birth of a Museum

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 by .

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Out of the enthusiasm that came from the town’s year-long 150th Birthday Celebration in 2008, came the idea that we could no longer exist without a proper history and culture museum.  The 150th Birthday projects–the collection of oral histories, the yearbook of families, the children’s historical play, and the final exhibit of all the photos […]

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Our Mission and Vision

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 by .

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Our Mission: To acquire, document, protect and preserve, and exhibit the unique physical and culture history which reflects the story of the Town of Ashland, Virginia.  The Museum’s additional, but not lesser mission, is to research, exhibit, promote and publicize the rich historical and cultural heritage of the town for the benefit of residents and […]

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Walking Tour Registration Form

Posted on Apr 06, 2014 by .

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Walking Tours of Ashland

Walking Tours of Ashland

Posted on Apr 06, 2014 by .

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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. Participants will see […]

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Docent Training

Docent Training

Posted on Apr 03, 2014 by .

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Have you thought about being a volunteer docent at the Ashland Museum? A Docent Training Class will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014. Learn how to greet visitors & show them the Museum, give tours of the Red Caboose, operate our telegraph machine, demonstrate the model train set, etc. […]

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History Camp  – The Telegraph: Texting in the 19th Century

History Camp – The Telegraph: Texting in the 19th Century

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 by .

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Volunteer Bill McElroy has connected the Ashland Museum to the Red Caboose next door by telegraph!  With someone at the Caboose and someone at the Museum we can send messages back and forth on authentic telegraph equipment. Participants will learn about the Morse code alphabet and practice decoding & writing short messages in Morse code. […]

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History Camp – Scavenger Hunt

History Camp – Scavenger Hunt

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 by .

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Participants will divide into three teams led by an adult. Each team will be given verbal clues to sites within a 5-block area in the Historic District. Teams are to photograph the sites as they find them and get back to the museum within 45 minutes to have their entries calculated.  There will be a […]

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Woodland Cemetery Tour

Woodland Cemetery Tour

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 by .

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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 – Civil War Spies

History Camp – Civil War Spies

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 by .

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Leslie McClammy, ‘Ranger Mac’, of Petersburg National Battlefield will present a program on spies during the Civil War. Children will create a cipher wheel, write and decode messages and send messages with signal flags. They will also examine reproduced examples of photography and newspapers from the civil war. This program will be held on Saturday, July […]

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History Camp – Food and Cooking during the Civil War Era

History Camp – Food and Cooking during the Civil War Era

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 by .

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Leslie McClammy, “Ranger Mac’, of Petersburg National Battlefield will present a program on food and cooking during the Civil War era. Learn about camp rations issued to Civil War soldiers. According to army regulations for daily camp rations, a Union soldier was entitled to receive 12 oz of pork or bacon or 1 lb. 4 […]

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History Camp

History Camp

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 by .

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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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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 by .

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Valentine’s Day was growing rapidly in popularity around the time that Ashland was becoming established as a town in the mid-late 1800′s. The holiday and the custom of sending Valentine’s Day cards to friends and family via the U.S. mail really took off after the Civil War ended, according to reports from that era.  (Read […]

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Children’s Programs at the Ashland Museum

Children’s Programs at the Ashland Museum

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 by .

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Shake off the January doldrums with an outing to the Ashland Museum! January 25, 2014, 10:30 – 11:30 am Train Songs and Railroad Stories On Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10:30 am, musicians Glenn and Ellen Birch will present a one-hour  program of “Train Songs and Railroad Stories.”  Learn about famous engineers, freight train disasters and […]

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Untold Stories – Feb. 16, 2014 – Growing Up in Ashland/Hanover – Black and White Experiences

Untold Stories – Feb. 16, 2014 – Growing Up in Ashland/Hanover – Black and White Experiences

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 by .

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On Sunday, Feb. 16 from 4:00-5:30 p.m., Ashland/Hanover residents will tell their personal stories of growing up. The topics of education and life as students in different schools will be the focus of this particular program. This program, called Untold Stories:  Growing Up in Ashland/Hanover — Black and White Experiences, is free and open to […]

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Train Day 2012 – 10th Anniversary

Train Day 2012 – 10th Anniversary

Posted on Dec 04, 2013 by .

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Ashland Reborn!: 1865-1900

Ashland Reborn!: 1865-1900

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 by .

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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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