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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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In My Home Town

In My Home Town

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 by .

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In My Home Town is a Bulletin for Members of the Ashland Museum.  Our focus is interesting or notable people, places, events or things, and memories related to Ashland, Virginia. Below are links to past issues. To receive the latest issues of In My Home Town as soon as they are published, please visit our Support […]

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Train Day – Sat., Nov. 1, 2014

Train Day – Sat., Nov. 1, 2014

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 by .

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The Ashland Museum will be open extended hours on Train Day! Stop by between 10am and 4pm to see the Red Caboose, our model train and our exhibits about Ashland. Leslie McClammy, ‘Ranger Mac’, of the Petersburg National Battlefield will be here to talk about & show us interesting things from the Civil War era. […]

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Civil War Map of Northern Part of Hanover

Civil War Map of Northern Part of Hanover

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 by .

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Click on the map for a closer view. Use the ‘X’ at lower right of the large viewing window to close it. Return to the Battle of Ashland article.

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Private Group Tours

Private Group Tours

Posted on May 27, 2014 by .

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Would your group like a private tour of the Museum or a Walking Tour of Ashland? Can’t figure out what to do with the relatives this summer? Wedding weekend coming up? Having a family reunion in the area? Need a destination for the next club outing? Or, you just  have house guests in town for […]

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The Benefits of Historic Tax Credits

The Benefits of Historic Tax Credits

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 by .

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The Ashland Main Street Association, in conjunction with the Town of Ashland and Coldwell Banker Dew Realty will host a presentation on using historic tax credits to revitalize historic Ashland properties.  The program will be held May 15th from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Ashland Town Hall – Council Chambers (101 Thompson St., Ashland, VA 23005) […]

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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. Your tour guide […]

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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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