Small Town

Big Personality


Ashland is a vibrant small town with big staying power that’s been here since 1858. Affectionately referred to by locals as the "Center of the Universe", Ashland is situated approximately 15 miles north of Richmond and is less than two hours from Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, and Norfolk. 

A small town with a big personality, Ashland is the perfect place to spend the day or weekend with a historic main street, lined with shops, restaurants, a historic inn, a brewery, and the campus of Randolph-Macon College. Just beyond downtown, modern conveniences draw in weary travelers from Interstate 95 thanks to a variety of dining, fueling, and lodging options well suited for families and business travelers alike.

Here to woo your date and wow your fam with local restaurants and shops, a historic theatre and arts scene, a bustling farmer’s market and a craft brewery. Here for outdoor adventurers and history hounds, for porch sitters and railfans. Here then and here now, and ready whenever you are.

Click here for the Ashland / Hanover Visitors Guide.


For a truly “Ashland” arrival, Amtrak serves Ashland’s historic train station, located in the heart of downtown, several times a day. If arriving by car, Ashland is conveniently located along the I-95 corridor, within a few miles of I-295 and I-64, and is also accessible by air via Richmond International Airport (RIC), approximately 30 miles away.