Ashland Train Station celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Now the Ashland/Hanover Visitors Center, the station continues to be a stop for some of the Amtrak trains coming through Town. Join the Town of Ashland, the Ashland Museum, and The Hanover County Black Heritage Society for events on Thursday, September 14, and Saturday, September 16.
All events on both days are free and open to the public.
• Thursday, September 14, 2023, 5 pm at the Train Station
A bronze plaque noting the date of the station will be unveiled. There will be short remarks from Town, the Ashland Museum, The Hanover County Black Heritage Society, and Downtown Ashland Association.
• Thursday, September 14, 2023, 7 pm HistoryTalk with Dick Beadles
Dick Beadles, train historian extraordinaire and the last RF&P President, presents Ashland and Its Railroad – The First 150 Years at the SunTrust Theater in Brock Commons at Randolph-Macon College, 304 Henry St., Ashland. Beadles is a wonderful speaker and this is a great opportunity to hear him share little of what he knows about the trains that travelled through Ashland. Reservations are not needed.
• Saturday, September 16, 2023, 10 am – 2 pm
Special exhibits about the Ashland Train Station will be on display at the Ashland Museum (105 Hanover Ave.), The Hanover County Black Heritage Society (inside the Henry Clay Inn, 114 N. Railroad Ave.) and the Ashland/Hanover Visitors Center (112 N. Railroad Ave.).
From 11 am – 1 pm, there will be re-enactors representing 1920s Ashlanders walking between the museums and station. A great opportunity to find out what it was like to ride the train in 1923.
Jim Duckett will be at the Farmers Market in the morning and you can catch some train songs during his sets.
At the Train Station beginning about 11:50 am:
• Glenn Birch will sing a few train songs at the train station.
• Followed at 12:15 pm by a short presentation about the history of the Ashland Train Station and Duncan Lee, station architect and Ashland resident before making his mark in Richmond.
• The festivities will wrap up with Jim Duckett singing a few more train songs and with refreshments.