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Edwin Robinson

Edwin Robinson

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 by .

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Edwin Robinson was President of the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac (RF&P) in 1846 when he first realized the potential of the 462 acre property the railroad owned at the center of present day Ashland. The property had a mineral spring and was used as a refueling and lumber stop between Richmond and Fredericksburg. Beginning in […]

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Eunice Daniel Bundy

Eunice Daniel Bundy

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 by .

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Born in Emporia, Virginia and educated at Virginia Union University, Eunice Bundy received her Master of Arts from Columbia University in New York City. She came to Hanover County in 1930 as a combined elementary and high school teacher at the Hanover Training School. She was appointed principal in 1936, and remained principal when the […]

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Dr. J. Earl Moreland 1897 – 1987

Dr. J. Earl Moreland 1897 – 1987

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 by .

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As President of Randolph-Macon College from 1939 to 1967, Dr. Moreland is credited with building the enrollment, reputation, physical plant, and financial stability of the school. The Moreland era witnessed a tremendous expansion of the college, with almost every campus building east of Henry Street constructed during his tenure, including Fox Hall (1951), Smithey Hall […]

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Ashland Hall of Fame Established October 18, 2008

Ashland Hall of Fame Established October 18, 2008

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 by .

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The Hall of Fame recognized 20 people posthumously who have made significant contributions to Ashland, the state and the nation.  These 20 individuals were unveiled during Ashland’s 150th Birthday Grand Celebration on October 18, 2008. C. Hunter Jones 1918-2001 Dr. Robert Emory Blackwell 1854-1938 Dr. J. Earl Moreland 1897-1987 Edwin Robinson 1807-1863 Eunice Daniel Bundy Floyd W. […]

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Dr. Robert Emory Blackwell 1854-1938

Dr. Robert Emory Blackwell 1854-1938

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 by .

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As a thirteen-year-old, Robert Blackwell came to Ashland on a railroad handcar to begin his education, and his seventy year association with Randolph-Macon College. In 1876, he became Randolph-Macon’s English professor. In 1902, the trustees of the college appointed him president, an office that he held until his death in 1938. He was a proper, […]

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C. Hunter Jones 1918-2001

C. Hunter Jones 1918-2001

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 by .

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C. Hunter Jones, a native Ashlander, gave generously of his time and talents to improve the lives of others. He served on the Ashland Town Council for 11 terms (22 years), including terms as Mayor and Vice-Mayor. As PTA President, he was a proponent of adding a 12th grade and consolidating high schools to improve […]

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1903 – The Telephone Comes to Ashland

1903 – The Telephone Comes to Ashland

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 by .

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In 1903 the telephone came to Ashland. Julia Weisiger was the manager of the telephone exchange from that time until she retired 35 years later when the C&P Telephone Compa­ny installed a new automatic dialing system. Under the old manual system, Julia served as the day operator, and one of Dr. Daniel S. Ellis’ sons […]

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Ruth Blakey, circa 1896-1897

Ruth Blakey, circa 1896-1897

Posted on May 29, 2011 by .

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Ruth Blakey was the daughter of Charles Gunnell Blakey and Laura Virginia “Jennie” Rice. In 1890, The Blakeys built the house at 805 South Railroad Avenue beside the Rice home and raised their two children, William and Ruth. Below are two photos of Ruth as a child. Ruth Blakey with her dolls and doll carriage […]

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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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1943 Ashland High School Football Team

1943 Ashland High School Football Team

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 by .

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1943 Ashland High School Football Team. Front row, from left, Ray Harlow, Chastine Mallory and Clifford White. Second row, from left, Archie “Joe Justice” Cannon, Jimmy Pollard, Billy Buchanan, Tom Mills, James Meharg. Back row, from left, Argyle Haley, Hill “Twig” Mallory, Edwin Bailey, Will Campbell, Jimmy “Punch” Taylor, coach Taylor Sanford, Sonny “P.K.” Perrin, […]

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Secretariat Has Links to Ashland

Secretariat Has Links to Ashland

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 by .

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Secretariat, “America’s super horse” has taken the country by storm again with the recent inspiring true story movie and book. Secretariat was born at the Meadow in nearby Caroline County owned by Christopher T. Chenery. Chris, born Sept. 16, 1886, was the son of Ida and Jimmy Chenery and grew up as a boy in […]

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Oral History Projects at Randolph-Macon College Capture Ashland & College Memories

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 by .

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The One Ashland, Many Voices Oral History Project web site at the McGraw-Page Library, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA has audio interviews captured in 2008 with over 50 Ashland residents. Transcripts are also available for many interviews. The Living Legacies and Macon Memories Oral History Projects web sites, also at the McGraw-Page Library, host audio interviews […]

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Hughes Drug

Hughes Drug

Posted on Nov 08, 2010 by .

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After graduating from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) School of Pharmacy, James Goodrich (J.G.) Hughes moved to Ashland from Cumberland County, VA. He opened Hughes Drug and married Nannie B. Luckett in 1889. Pharmacists of this era mixed chemicals and natural products by hand to make drugs in liquid or pill form often containing […]

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Liberty Ladies

Liberty Ladies

Posted on Apr 07, 2010 by .

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Louise Jones and her sister, Dorothy, were the original “Liberty Ladies” of Ashland.   They made special appearances at the 4th of July parades and the Ashland Musical Variety Shows.  Their nieces, Sarah Byrne and Sandra Lynne, took over their roles as “Liberty Ladies” to continue the tradition.

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