Ashland, Virginia

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Originally known as Slash Cottage, Ashland is located on the Old Washington Highway U.S. Route One
U.S. Route 1 in Virginia
U.S. Route 1 in the U.S. state of Virginia runs north–south through South Hill, Petersburg, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Alexandria on its way from North Carolina to the 14th Street Bridge into the District of Columbia...

 (a stage route between Richmond
Richmond, Virginia
Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the United States. It is an independent city and not part of any county. Richmond is the center of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Greater Richmond area...

 and Washington, DC) and the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad
Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad
The Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad was a railroad connecting Richmond, Virginia, to Washington, D.C. It is now a portion of the CSX Transportation system....

, a busy north-south route now owned by CSX Transportation
CSX Transportation
CSX Transportation operates a Class I railroad in the United States known as the CSX Railroad. It is the main subsidiary of the CSX Corporation. The company is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, and owns approximately 21,000 route miles...

. The tracks run through the center of town, and the area near the Ashland train station
Ashland, Virginia (Amtrak station)
The Ashland, Virginia is located at 112 North Railroad Avenue in Ashland, Virginia. The tracks are lined with a cobblestone median in the center of town, making it a popular train-watching site for railfans....

 is a popular train-watching site for railfans.

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

Major Payne
Major Payne
Major Payne is a 1995 comedy film, starring Damon Wayans. The film is a loose remake of the 1955 film The Private War of Major Benson, starring Charlton Heston....

 was filmed at the Ashland Train Station.

Many citizens of Ashland unsuccessfully fought off a bid to build a Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. , branded as Walmart since 2008 and Wal-Mart before then, is an American public multinational corporation that runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores. The company is the world's 18th largest public corporation, according to the Forbes Global 2000...

 just outside of town (using pink lawn flamingos as an anti-walmart symbol), and they were featured in the 2001 PBS special Store Wars - When Wal-Mart Comes to Town.

In October 2002, Ashland made national news as the site of one of the Beltway sniper attacks
Beltway sniper attacks
The Washington sniper attacks took place during three weeks in October 2002 in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Ten people were killed and three others critically injured in various locations throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area and along Interstate 95 in Virginia...

. 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

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.

Local Festivals

Ashland is home to the Strawberry Faire 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 4th 2011 will mark the 30th Anniversary of the Strawberry Faire

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