Founders Day Celebration – Saturday, Feb. 16
Ashland was incorporated as a town by the Virginia General Assembly on the 19th of February, 1858. Every year we celebrate our Founders Day on the weekend closest to the 19th. This year it is Saturday, February 16, 2013. The Ashland Museum, located at 105 Hanover Avenue, will be open from 10 am to 4 pm.
At 1 pm, Faye Prichard, Ashland’s Mayor, will cut the birthday cake and all are invited for cake and hot chocolate. At 1:45 pm, we will show the documentary, A Railroad Runs Through It: The Unique History of a Virginia Train Town. Other activities for the day include the museum exhibit, “From Antebellum Resort to Civil War Town: Ashland, Virginia from 1836 to 1865,” Mr. Meyberg’s penny candy for sale, a model train display, and tours of the 1926 renovated caboose. The “Faces” birthday cake sculpture from Ashland’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2008 is also on display. In the evening at 4 pm, we will have a tour of Ashland’s Historic Downtown by Susan Tucker and Rosanne Shalf. (Tickets are required for walking tour.)
In addition to the celebration on February 16, Ashland residents are asked to demonstrate pride in their town by joining in the “Tie a Ribbon for Ashland” effort. Hang a flag or put a red, white, and blue ribbon on the outside of your home – around a tree, on a lamp post or column, or on a wreath – as well as on your lapel throughout Founders Day week, February 16th through February 23rd. Lapel pins will be available at the Ashland Museum and at Cross Brothers Grocery store for a $1 suggested donation, beginning Saturday, Feb 9.
Times: 10 am to 4 pm, Ashland Museum and Ashland’s Red Caboose are open
1 pm, Mayor Prichard cuts the birthday cake
1:45 pm, Documentary: “A Railroad Runs Through It: The Unique History of a Virginia Train Town”
4 pm to 6 pm, Walking tour of historic downtown Ashland (reservations required, $10-$15)
Cost: Free admission to museum, Red Caboose and movie. Walking tour – $10/members, $15/non-members.
Read about this event in the Mechanicsville Local.