Visit downtown Ashland to celebrate National Train Day, Saturday, May 11, 2013. Make a day of it – there’s plenty to do! Google Map

Start at the Ashland/Hanover Visitors Center which resides in Ashland’s classic train station building.

Enjoy a picnic lunch (bring your own or purchase from a local restaurant) and watch the trains up close from a bench or picnic table. Amtrak trains stop here or pass by. CSX freight trains rumble through all day long.

Talk to the Visitors Center staff about the history of trains in Ashland. Most are long-time residents and they have many stories to tell.

Visit the Ashland Museum for more Ashland history. See our exhibit, “Antebellum Resort to Civil War Town: Ashland Virginia from 1836 to 1865”. Pick up a copy of our new DVD, “A Railroad Runs Through It: The Unique History of a Virginia Train Town”. Take a tour of our Red Caboose.

For the young and young-at-heart, be sure to visit our Library and Train Town Toy & Hobby to get get your fill of model and toy trains.