"The centre of the universe" Top 5 Page for this destination Ashland by b1bob

Ashland Travel Guide: 65 reviews and 110 photos

In spite of their snobbish contention that Ashland is the centre of the universe, I like showing my friends from out of town the fine architecture, the intriguing cultural differences with the rest of the county, and fine dining opportunities.

This town in north-central Hanover County doesn't have a whole lot in the way of tourism the way international travelers on VT might think, but it is not totally barren either. Along Railroad Avenue, the railroad tracks bisect the street lined by houses (some old and elegant). There is also the interesting architecture at Randolph Macon College. Christian Boettcher Leipzig and I had more time to give Ashland a better going-over. We had a self-guided tour of many of the old houses and businesses, the college campus, and the predominantly black Berkleytown.

The first time many of you had heard of Ashland, Virginia is during the October, 2002 shooting spree of the sniper. At this crime scene, the Ponderosa Steak House on Route 54, the victim was luckier than most. He survived with major internal injuries. Ashland seemed to get more coverage of the shooting than others because it is a fairly rural town not used to that type of crime.

Ashland is a great place to make part of a day trip. Go to the visitor's centre and train station first and they will get you where you want to go.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Ashland is basically a nice, friendly small town with a rural flavour and some historical sights.
  • Cons:They may be at the centre of the county, but hardly the centre of the universe.
  • In a nutshell:The town in aesthetically pleasing, but you have to wonder about the people sometimes.
  • Intro Updated Oct 15, 2008
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  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    I drove through here but did not have time to stop. Thanks for the great page.

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Well done!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    O'Bank's-outstanding review. I love these small towns with historic architecture, (and BBQ ...pork is the only way!) is right up my alley! Your restaurant and shopping tips were outstanding. Love photo of you, your dad, your brother in the pumpkin patch.

  • matt10gonzalez's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Wow! I didn't know they also had a Thai restaurant in this town! This town looks cute and quiant, I don't mind visiting this place when I'm here.

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2008 at 3:48 AM

    Glad you found a good one this morning.

  • Leipzig's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2007 at 4:58 AM

    Excellent page - great updates!! Too bad the ice cream parlor was not open when we were here. Next time we better go there in the late evening.

  • eslim_81's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2006 at 1:19 AM

    Great new tips and updates. Thanks for sharing your journey with your friend to us. I just knew that you like lemon ice-cream so much...:)

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2006 at 6:16 PM

    Fantastic new pictures of old architecture - a must for me next time. Great tiny page, interesting place! I do believe your, VT - food connoisseur, choice: The Smokey Pig.

  • belgianchocolate's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2005 at 10:24 AM

    Photoshopping seems to go really well. It ads a little extra to the tip. Well done. frank.

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2005 at 5:48 AM

    Nice little page Nat, and great memories of your childhood ;-)))

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