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Jun 7 2016

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.

Feb 10 2016

What Makes a Great Nation Great?

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 [...]

Feb 10 2016

Untold Stories 2016: Growing Up In Ashland/Hanover, the Black and White Experience

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 [...]

Dec 28 2015

Virginia Voice – Ashland segments

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".

Dec 28 2015

Julian and Carrie Lumsden

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.

Nov 2 2015

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, [...]

Oct 22 2015

Visitors from the past expected at Ashland Train Day 2015

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 [...]

Oct 22 2015

Ashland Train Day – Sat., Nov. 7, 2015

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 [...]

Aug 27 2015

Ashland Museum Inside Out funded in part by CultureWorks Championed by Altria

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 [...]

Aug 22 2015

Historical Significance of Stones at R-MC

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.

Aug 16 2015

Ashland Museum presentation at the Ashland Library

A Night with the Ashland Museum Tuesday, September 15, 2015 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Ashland Library 201 S. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA 23005 You won’t see Teddy Roosevelt, but there are treasures untold in the Ashland Museum, linking our past to our present and preserving it for the future. And Mrs. Shalf will talk about the new effort, called Ashland Museum Inside Out, funded by grants from CultureWorks, Championed by Altria, and from [...]

Aug 7 2015

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 our story available anytime. One part of the exhibit will consist of  self-directed tours with historical information that visitors can access on a smart phone. [...]

Aug 7 2015

Camp Ashland – History Camp – Aug. 3-7, 2015

Ashland Museum and Hanover Arts & Activities Center present CAMP ASHLAND - A HISTORY CAMP FOR KIDS! Camp Ashland 2015 has folded its tents for this year. For photos, visit the Camp's photo album at our Facebook page. (You don't need a Facebook account to view the photos.) August 3 - 7, 2015     9 a.m.-12 p.m. Calling all rising 2nd-5th grade history buffs Messages sent to one another on a clothesline? Really? How do [...]

May 30 2015

The Decisions for War in 1914

Joint Membership Meeting:  Hanover County Historical Society and Ashland Museum "The Decisions for War in 1914" Speaker: Michael D. Krause, PhD Sunday, June 28, 2015, 2:30pm at the Ashland Library, 201 S. Railroad Avenue, Ashland, VA 23005 View photos from this event Attendees gathered at the Ashland Museum at 1:30pm to view the Museum's new exhibit, Bringing in a New Century: 1900-1940. The premise: One hundred years ago today, Europe was at peace. No war had [...]

May 20 2015

Boxcar Children Workshops – June 2015

Share a story from series The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner and take home a copy of your favorite episode. Learn about the history of Ashland and its important link to the railroad. Play railroad games. Climb aboard a real C&O red caboose and learn favorite railroad songs. Create your own cardboard boxcar. Participants are invited to wear their boxcar creation in the Ashland Fourth of July Parade. The Workshop is a 3-hour session [...]