In 1920's, several new buildings have appeared in the commercial district. The first building visible at the left edge of the photo, on the south side of Thompson St., is the "new" Cox Department store. Today, the Ironhorse restaurant occupies the ground floor of this building. A Safeway Grocery is on the northwest corner of Railroad Ave and Thompson St. That location used to be a picket-fence enclosed lot for tying up horses next to [...]
This photograph of Ashland's business district looking south from the intersection of Railroad and College Avenues was taken just after the turn of the century. The passenger station on the left was built by the Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac railroad in 1866. The tower supplied water for steam engines. The freight depot is hidden by the water tower. Frame shops are located on the east (left) side of the tracks beyond England Street, but across [...]
This is a charming picture of Ashland printed in Harpers magazine in 1866 in an article about Ashland during the Civil War. Notice the tree-lined, single track through town. That would have to be the Baptist church on the left, now Hanover Arts and Activities Center. Notice the picket fences along the road and the unpaved streets.
The Ashland Accomodation was a train that ran between Richmond and Ashland with stops along the way from the antebellum years to 1928. Its most famous crew consisted of Engineer Harry T. Perdue, Conductor Charles G. Blakey, Fireman J.W. Bush and Flagman Percy Taylor. Photo: The Ashland Accomodation Train at the Ashland wye in 1925. It used the Ashland Wye at the corner of Railroad Avenue and England Street to turn around. Commuters, school children [...]
This is the 1890s depot that was later replaced by the 1922-23 brick station on the west side of the tracks.