THINGS TO DO
No matter your interests, there is much to see and do in Ashland. Whether you're a history buff, festival fanatic, or food and drink-lover, Ashland is worth a date. For a quick trip, follow our 48-hour itinerary.
Train-lovers have long flocked to Ashland to take in rail history at The Ashland Museum, explore the red caboose, or train-watch from the shady front porch of Ashland's historic train station. For the recreation-minded traveler, Ashland is nestled among Hanover County's bucolic, rolling farmlands, making downtown cafes a popular stop-over point for road cyclists in town on day trips from the City of Richmond and surrounding counties.
For a taste of Ashland's local culture, spend the day exploring Ashland's independent shops, sample the seasonal and experimental beers at Origin Beer Lab or wines and farm-to-table cuisine at rail-side restaurants, before ending the day with a movie or live performance at historic Ashland Theatre.
Randolph-Macon College also offers a variety of programming throughout the year. Grab a seat in the bleachers and cheer for the Yellow Jackets at a home game. Expand your horizons with a visit to one of the college's art galleries or by attending a lecture series, many of which are open to the public.
Ashland's events calendar is packed year-round with festive affairs fit for the entire family. Ashland is home to several road races, including the Patrick Henry Half Marathon, each year. Every June, the Ashland Strawberry Faire sprawls across Randolph-Macon's Campus with vendors selling crafts and competing to make the best strawberry desserts. Ashland Train Day celebrates Ashland's love for trains every November, and in December, downtown transforms into a vintage holiday postcard with an illumination and month-long series of holiday events for Light Up the Tracks.
Whether it's your first or 50th time visiting Ashland, we look forward to seeing you soon.