Ashland, Virginia

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Ashland, Virginia
Ashland Town Hall
Ashland Town Hall
Nickname(s): The Center of the Universe
Location in Virginia
Location in Virginia
Coordinates: 37°45′34″N 77°28′38″W / 37.75944°N 77.47722°W / 37.75944; -77.47722Coordinates: 37°45′34″N 77°28′38″W / 37.75944°N 77.47722°W / 37.75944; -77.47722
Country United States
State Virginia
County Hanover
Founded 1858
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor Faye O. Prichard
 • Town Manager Charles W. Hartgrove
 • Total 7.2 sq mi (18.7 km2)
 • Land 7.16 sq mi (18.6 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 213 ft (65 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,225
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 23005
Area code(s) 804
FIPS code 51-03368[1]
GNIS feature ID 1492492[2]

Ashland is a town located 15 miles north of Richmond along Interstate-95 in Hanover County, Virginia, United States. Ashland is named after the Lexington, Kentucky estate of Hanover County native and statesman Henry Clay. The area known as The Slashes,that later became Ashland, was developed by the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad as a mineral springs resort in the 1840s. The population was 7,225 as of the 2010 census. It is the only incorporated town in Hanover County chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ashland is home to Randolph-Macon College (1830).


Ashland is located at 37°45′34″N 77°28′38″W / 37.75944°N 77.47722°W / 37.75944; -77.47722 (37.759361, -77.477226).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.2 square miles (18.7 km²), of which 7.2 square miles (18.6 km²) is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1 km²) (0.55%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 7225 people with 2,863 households in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 71.1% White, 22.2% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.68% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.7% of the population.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,474. The per capita income for the town was $23,569. About 5.9% the population were below the poverty line.


Ashland Historic District
Ashland Theater - Ashland, Virginia.jpg
Ashland Theater
Location Center, Racecourse, James, Howard, Clay Sts., Hanover and Railroad Aves., Ashland, Virginia
Area 159 acres (64 ha)
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Late Victorian, Other, Early Commercial
NRHP Reference # 83003284[4]
Added to NRHP February 11, 1983

Originally known as Slash Cottage, Ashland is located on U.S. Route 1, the Old Washington Highway (a stage route between Richmond and Washington, DC) and the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad, a busy north-south route now owned by CSX Transportation. The tracks run through the center of town, and the area near the Ashland train station is a popular train-watching site for railfans. Ashland is served by AMTRAK at its historic train station/visitors' center which was constructed in 1920.

Ashland was named "Best Place to Raise your Kids" in Virginia by Bloomberg Business in 2009.

Ashland is home to one of the oldest churches in Virginia: Slash Church, built in 1729 by Anglican parishioners.[1] The church is still in operation.[2]

Major Payne was filmed at the Ashland Train Station.

In October 2002, Ashland made national news as the site of one of the Beltway sniper attacks. 37-year-old Jeffrey Hopper was shot on October 19 at 8:00 pm in the parking lot of a Ponderosa Steakhouse as he was leaving the restaurant with his wife.

Fire Department[edit]

The Ashland Volunteer Fire Company, formed in 1890, is located on 501 Archie Canon Drive. It is one of the oldest all-volunteer fire stations in Virginia, handling about 2,000 calls per year.[citation needed]

Police Department[edit]

The Ashland Police Department has 24 sworn full-time officers and is Law Enforcement Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (C.A.L.E.A.)

Local Festivals[edit]

Ashland is home to the Strawberry Faire[5] that takes place every June. This festival brings vendors from all around the state who sell a variety of different things (with a strawberry theme). There is also a Strawberry Faire Pageant for Little Miss and Mister Strawberry. There is even a Strawberry Faire Scholarship awarded to ten Hanover County Schools students each year. The Faire also includes live performances from local artists. June 4, 2011 will mark the 30th Anniversary of the Strawberry Faire


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Ashland has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[6]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  5. ^ Strawberry Faire
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Ashland, Virginia

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