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Randolph Macon College

Washington Franklin Hall, Randolph Macon College

Henry Clay Inn

Ashland Town Hall

Ashland Train Station & Visitors Center

Ashland Train Tracks


Town of Ashland

Ashland is a town located 15 miles north of Richmond along Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 1. Affectionately known as the “Center of the Universe” by residents for its central location within the state, Ashland is located in the heart of Hanover County.

Developed by the railroad as a mineral springs resort, the origin of the town dates back to the late 1840s. Officially incorporated on February 19, 1858, the town was named “Ashland” after native son Henry Clay’s estate in Kentucky. With the relocation of Randolph Macon College to Ashland in 1868, the town evolved from a railroad resort to a small college town. The construction of U.S. Route 1, and later I-95, further shaped the town character and development.


2010 Population


Land area in sq mi


Persons per sq mi

The population of
Ashland grew


in the past 24 years.
Residents per square mile
increased by


in the past 24 years.
Median age of residents
increased by 6.9 years to

0 years

between 1990 and 2014.


of Ashland's working residents work inside the town.

Town of Ashland

Town Manager

Town Council  (Website)

Main Administration Building
101 Thompson St.
P.O. Box 1600
Ashland, VA 23005
Google Maps link

Phone number: (804) 798-9219


Featured Reports:

Local Pride

  • Downtown shopping district with train tracks
  • Ashland Train Station
  • Randolph Macon College
  • Ashland Museum
  • Hanover Arts & Activities Center
  • Ashland Theater
  • Henry Clay Inn
  • Keeble Observatory
  • Slash Church
  • North Anna Battlefield Park

Town Events

  • Southern Food Fest
  • Strawberry Faire
  • Ashland Wine Festival
  • Ashland Street Parties
  • July 4th Non-Motorized Parade
  • Train Day
  • Holiday Parade

Learn more

Community Profile Data Sources:
U.S. Decennial Census 1990-2010, American Community Survey, 2014 5-Year Estimates.
U.S. Census, OnTheMap Application, Longitudinal-Employer Household Dynamics Program, 2014.