Home to Randolph Macon College, this adorable Virginia town has quaint inns, great dining, and beautiful older architecture. The vibe is a small college town, but it’s less than 25 minutes to downtown Richmond and even closer to Short Pump Town Center and Virginia Center Commons. It's known for its historic downtown area, which features a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as a train station that is served by Amtrak's "Cardinal" line. Ashland is also home to Randolph-Macon College, a liberal arts school that was founded in 1830. The town has a population of approximately 7,800 residents and a median home price of around $300,000. Some of the major industries in Ashland include education, healthcare, and retail. The town is also known for its friendly community and small town atmosphere. Overall Ashland is a great place to live and visit with a lot of history and outdoor activities.

Key Features

Charming Downtown: People may no longer think of Ashland as a mere whistle stop, but a century ago, that’s what this town was. With an old train station in the heart of town, it’s not hard to visualize the history of Ashland.

Randolph Macon College: Even though Ashland retains its small town feel and character, Randolph Macon provides the resources of a larger community. Take advantage of the RM-C facilities, take a stroll through the quad, or cheer on the Yellow Jackets as they take on the competition from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

Nest Picks

Ashland Farmers Market

Tomatoes anyone? The taste of summer is fresh sliced tomatoes on white bread with Duke's Mayonnaise. And nowhere will you find a better, fresher tomato than in Hanover County. Whether it is at the weekly Ashland Farmers Market or a roadside stand, you'll thank us when you recall what a great tomato tastes like.

Green Top

We love local, and few local retail stores are anything like Green Top Hunting and Fishing. Competing head-to-head with larger national brands like nearby Bass Pro Shop, Green Top keeps Richmonders loyal.

Ironhorse Restaurant

Just as its name implies, the Ironhorse pays homage to the railroad that brought development to Ashland. Located right on Main Street and facing the tracks, diners will likely catch the modern trains rolling by throughout the day and evening.

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