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When railroads made history: Ashland, VA

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Before there was the town of Ashland, Virginia, the railroad ran north and south through the region. Sometime in the late 1840’s, a mineral springs resort was built, and the town began to be built around it. On February 19, 1858, the town was incorporated and was given the name ‘Ashland’ after an estate in Kentucky that was owned by the son of Henry Clay. In 1868, the Randolph Macon College was relocated to the town turning it from a railroad resort to a college town, and the town continued to grow.
Today, the town continues to thrive with the addition of nearby U.S. 1 and Interstate 95. The railroad still runs through the center of the town. The Train Station is still in use today, but it also serves as the Visitor Center for the town of Ashland and surrounding Hanover County. You can stay at the Historic Henry Clay Inn which is across the street from the station. You can take a walk through the Randolph Macon College. You can visit other sites that were all made possible by the railroad. To this day, the town of Ashland preserves its railroad heritage.
The town of Ashland is located in east central Virginia on Virginia Route 54. The town center is a quarter mile west of U.S. 1 and a mile west from Exit 92 from Interstate 95. You can learn more about the town, where you can stay, and other nearby historic sites at http://www.town.ashland.va.us.

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