The Ashland Museum will lead a tour along the historic Henry Clay Road and College Avenue on Sunday December 2.

In the late 19th century, the greenhouses for Palmer Gordon’s florist business spread out across Henry Clay Road and James Street. He built his home at 123 Henry Clay Rd. in 1888. From this intersection, we will walk along Henry Clay Road looking at the different architecture of the homes and noting the businesses and hotels along the way.

We’ll cross the tracks continuing along College Avenue and stop for a wine and cheese reception at 205 College Ave. This late-Victorian home was built in the mid-1880s and is currently owned by Buffy and Rob Bickford. From there we will return to the Museum.

The 90-minute tour will be offered at 2:00 pm and again at 4:00 pm. Each tour begins and ends at the Ashland Museum, at 105 Hanover Ave., next to Ashland’s Red Caboose.

We hope you can join us for one of our tours this holiday season.

The tour benefits the Ashland Museum outreach programs.

Tickets are $15 for museum members in advance, $25 in advance for non-members, and $30 at the door for all on December 2. Reservations are encouraged, as each tour has limited space.

Use our online registration form and pay by PayPal or by mail at Ashland Museum, PO Box 633, Ashland, VA 23005.

Questions? Contact us at 804-368-7314, or, or via our Contact page.

The Gordon house at 123 Henry Clay Rd. Palmer Gordon is by the fence on the right, and the windmill he installed can be seen in the trees on the right.

205 College Avenue