Affectionately known as the “Center of the Universe” by residents for its central location within the state, Ashland is located in the heart of Hanover County, Virginia.
Developed by the railroad as a mineral springs resort, the origin of the town dates back to the late 1840s. Officially incorporated on February 19, 1858, the town was named “Ashland” after native son Henry Clay’s estate in Kentucky.
With the relocation of Randolph Macon College to Ashland in 1868, the town evolved from a railroad resort to a small college town. The construction of U.S. Route 1, and later I-95, further shaped the town's character and development.
Today, Ashland is a community of seven square miles and more than 7,000 residents who enjoy prosperity fueled by the college, a growing private sector, and a strong regional economy.
Through careful planning, Ashland is committed to stable growth that benefits our citizens while preserving the historic district, quaint residential neighborhoods, and system of parks and trails.
We pride ourselves on our transparency, the accessibility of our staff and elected officials, and the quick and efficient delivery of high-quality services.