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“Ashland in Detail” –  Scavenger Hunt

“Ashland in Detail” – Scavenger Hunt

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 by .

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 Twelve photographs of architectural details or sections of items located within a one block radius of The Ashland Museum have been compiled.  Using the photo sheet for Adults or Kids, walk about and  locate or identify each item. Pick up an photo sheet at the Ashland Museum or print a copy from the PDF posted […]

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1857 – Thumbs Up from Alexandria

1857 – Thumbs Up from Alexandria

Posted on Sep 08, 2012 by .

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Here is a transcription of a letter published in the Alexandria Gazette on August 25, 1857. According to the Library of Congress, this newspaper was published in Alexandria, VA, from 1834 to 1974. The author of the letter is unknown since it is signed only with the word, “Union”. A link to an image of the […]

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Ashland in 1912 – Scavenger Hunt

Ashland in 1912 – Scavenger Hunt

Posted on Sep 02, 2012 by .

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Ashland Trivia/Scavenger Hunt in honor of Cross Brothers’ 100th Anniversary Cross Brothers was established in year 1912.  Find out what else was happening in ‘downtown’ Ashland in 1912.  This Scavenger Hunt can be done on foot in downtown historic Ashland or online at this web site. On Foot: Pick up a Main Street Map at […]

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A Visit to Ashland – 1860

A Visit to Ashland – 1860

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 by .

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Here is a transcription of a letter published in the Daily National Intelligencer on May 23, 1860. This newspaper was published in Washington, D.C., from about 1800 to 1870. The author of the letter is unknown since it is signed only with the initials A.M. A link to an image of the original letter from the […]

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How Did Ashland Get Its Name?

How Did Ashland Get Its Name?

Posted on Jul 06, 2011 by .

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John Wood’s map of Hanover County published in 1820 shows Lankford’s Mill near the southern border of what became Ashland, near Stony Run Creek. Legend has it that young Henry Clay brought his family’s grain here to be ground into flour. During the 1830s, a little known startup company named the Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac Railway […]

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Who lived in Ashland 150 years ago?

Who lived in Ashland 150 years ago?

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 by .

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The 1860s Census is rich in detail, compared to the previous ones.  We get a picture of the kinds of people living in Ashland.  There were twenty-two households and 148 people in the St. Paul’s Parish District.   Of those households and the probable Ashland households in the Upper Revenue District, there were 18 carpenters, 6 […]

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Where is Ashland, VA?

Where is Ashland, VA?

Posted on Nov 08, 2010 by .

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Our hometown, Ashland, Virginia, is located 15 miles north of Richmond. Ashland is less than 70 miles from Charlottesville and Williamsburg, on the west and east, respectively. Fredericksburg and Petersburg are each about 41 miles due north and south, respectively, along I-95. Our exact coordinates on the globe are 37°45′34″N 77°28′38″W (37.759444, -77.477222). Ashland’s 7,600 […]

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Timeline – or – the History of Ashland in a Nutshell

Timeline – or – the History of Ashland in a Nutshell

Posted on Jun 04, 2010 by .

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First, the train. Then, the resort. Finally, the town.  That’s the short story of Ashland, a town that owes its existence to a railroad and whose character still is defined by the trains that run through its center.  – CLARKE BUSTARD, 2007 Below are the highlights and major events in the history of Ashland, VA. […]

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