Join us for our spring walking tour of Ashland's historic Woodland Cemetery. Woodland Cemetery was founded in 1862 as a burial site for soldiers. Thursday, June 3, 6pm – Learn the stories about some of Ashland's interesting residents: Ashland's founding fathers Randolph-Macon College founders and presidents Secretariat's owner An Ashlander connected to the aftermath of abolitionist John Brown's execution Ashland's connection to yellow fever research Cost: Free for members, $15 for non-members. Advance registration is [...]
Images of the Ashland Musical Variety Show from 1982-2007 The finale of the first Ashland Musical Variety Show, 1982, with Harold Wright, director/founder, center stage, and Sue Watson, director/founder, second from left standing. Collage of images from the 2007 Ashland Musical Variety Show Collage of images from Ashland Musical Variety Shows, 1982-2007 Collage of images from Ashland Musical Variety Shows, 1982-2007 [...]
While death in battle threatened our soldiers "Over There" during World War I, an outbreak of the influenza in 1918 threatened the lives of those at home. "Boys died like flies," recalled resident Nancy Shackelford. She remembered that the college doctor depended upon volunteer help to care for the students. "He said that half of those boys owed their lives to the women in Ashland who took their servants [to the college campus] and gave [...]
On April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I, and Ashland wanted to do its part. The Liberty Day Parade in April of 1918, raised funds for War Bonds. The parade culminated in a ceremony at the town lot where speeches, dinner and vaudeville entertained the crowd. Organizers held Liberty Day celebrations to encourage people to buy Liberty Bonds and War Saving Stamps so the government could pay for the war. Photos: The [...]
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.
1953 Speech by Robert Lancaster at the dedication of the Mural of Old Ashland at the War Memorial. "In years Ashland is young—it is growing—its future holds great promise and those of us whose roots are deeply imbedded in its soil are proud of its past. We look backward to its beginnings and its accomplishments and from then gain confidence for the future and strength to face tomorrow..." - November 29, 1953