For your consideration, a small selection of items highlighting the history of Ashland, Virginia and the surrounding region. Your purchases will support the activities, exhibits and programs of The Ashland Museum. Thank You!
Sunday, April 10, 2016 3:00 – 4:00 pm Ashland Library 201 S. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA 23005 Charles F. Bryan, Jr., Ph.D., President Emeritus of the Virginia Historical Society, spoke about the intriguing subject of what makes a great nation great. Copies of his book, Imperfect Past: History in a New Light, were available for signing. For more info about Dr. Bryan, his new book and views on the role of history in our lives [...]
Sun., Feb 28, 2016 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm The Ashland Theatre 205 England St., Ashland, VA 23005 804-798-2728 This event was a great success, with a standing-room only crowd filling the Ashland Theatre. For photos, visit the Untold Stories 2016 photo album at the Ashland Museum Facebook page (Facebook membership is not required). Mark your calendar for the 3rd installment of this popular series. Come hear stories about growing up in our town and [...]
Join us for a walking tour of Ashland's historic Woodland Cemetery. Woodland was founded in 1862 as a burial site for Confederate dead. "What's new at Woodland?" -- Come on the tour and see first-hand what we have discovered using ground penetrating radar. The location of over 200 soldiers including one Union and one slave were located last summer. Markers have been installed and the area enclosed. Find out about others resting in Woodland: Ashland's [...]
Ashland Museum and Hanover Arts and Activities Center present Camp Ashland 2016, a history camp for all rising 2nd – 5th grader history buffs. Curious kid campers will explore how people lived in the 19th and early 20th Century in Ashland. What did children wear and what foods did they enjoy in the 1800s and early 1900s? What did they do for entertainment without TVs, Movies, and X-Box? How did they communicate without cell phones [...]
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Learn about Ashland's history in Virginia Voice's Discovering Virginia audio interviews with Rosanne Shalf and Faye Prichard, recorded in August 2014. (Download or stream MP3 files) Ashland Museum President and historian, Rosanne Shalf talks with Lou Dean about Ashland's history and charms in "Ashland - The Center of the Universe". Former Ashland Mayor, Faye Prichard talks with Lou Dean about what makes Ashland a unique destination. in "Ashland Today".
Mr and Mrs. Julian Lumsden are remembered for driving their small motorized vehicle around town and even to Ashland Christian Church on Sundays. They lived at the northwest corner of Dewey and Henry Clay Road. The late Dorothy Jones credited Mr. Lumsden for her love and knowledge of birds. Mr. Lumsden was an amateur taxidermist and had a china cabinet full of birds and their nests. Town children were fascinated with this unique collection.
Register here for the 2015 Holiday Walking & House Tour.
On Sunday December 6, 2015, Ashland Museum will conduct two guided walking tours through Historic Downtown Ashland, some Historic Ashland neighborhoods, and a tour inside 600 S. Center Street, where we will have light refreshments before returning to the Museum. The 90-minute tours will begin at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm at Ashland Museum, 105 Hanover Avenue. Cost: $25 in advance, $15 for museum members. Reservations and prepayment are encouraged. DETAILS Beginning at Ashland Museum, [...]
NEW THIS YEAR: Engaging History Productions, a coalition of historians and actors, will provide living history characters from Ashland’s past to Ashland Train Day 2015. Various characters will mingle with visitors from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Ashland Museum, Ashland Station, and The Center, and along Railroad Avenue. **Mr. Edwin Robinson, the president of the Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad Company until 1860, and his lovely wife will be [...]
View photos from town-wide 2015 Ashland Train Day events at the Ashland Main Street Association Flickr photo album. The Ashland Museum will be open from 10pm until 5pm on Ashland Train Day, Saturday, November 7, 2015. Be sure to stop by! Visit the Ashland Train Day website to download the event brochure listing everything going on during the day and the map showing all the locations of activities and vendors. You can also view a [...]
The Ashland Museum has launched a new initiative to bring the assets of the Museum into the Ashland community. Initial projects will include outdoor history exhibits, historic markers and walking tours guided by mobile apps. In August, 2015, Ashland Museum President, Rosanne Shalf made a presentation on the initiative to Ashland Town Council. A copy of the presentation (PDF) is linked below. Ashland Museum proposal 08-19-15 (PDF, 3MB). In August, 2015, this initiative titled, Ashland [...]
The large stone blocks lined up alongside the railroad tracks in front of Randolph-Macon College at approximately 307 N. Center St. were originally on a train headed for Washington, D.C. The blocks were meant to be used in the construction of the National Cathedral. The train derailed. The blocks had to be unloaded in order to get the train cars back on the track and were left behind where they sit today. The date of [...]
Where did those large stone blocks come from that sit beside the railroad tracks in front of Randolph-Macon College at approximately 307 N. Center St.? Ashland Museum President and Ashland historian Rosanne Shalf explains in the video below (courtesy of Tom Wulf of WulfTeam Productions and the Town of Ashland). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH_MCMlVtxw&feature=youtu.be If the video doesn't work, click for >>> The Story of the Stones.