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. In 2013, we celebrated on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Ashland Museum, located at 105 Hanover Avenue.
At 1 pm, Faye Prichard, Ashland’s Mayor, cut the birthday cake and all those present enjoyed cake and hot chocolate. At 1:45 pm, we will showed the documentary, A Railroad Runs Through It: The Unique History of a Virginia Train Town. Other activities for the day included 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 had a tour of Ashland’s Historic Downtown by Susan Tucker and Rosanne Shalf.
In addition to the celebration on February 16, Ashland residents were 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 their home – around a tree, on a lamp post or column, or on a wreath – as well as on their lapel throughout Founders Day week. Lapel pins are available at the Ashland Museum.