Ashland, Va., is located approximately 19 miles north of Richmond and off of Interstate 95. It is in Hanover County and has a population of approximately 7,200. Its residents affectionately call it the "Center of the Universe" for its central location in the state. Despite its desirable geographic location, it's retained its quaint downtown and lovely, tree-lined streets. People looking for Ashland apartments for rent will find a tight-knit community with close proximity to a big city.
The town was originally developed as a mineral springs resort off of the railroad line. It was incorporated in 1858 and at the time was just one square mile. Randolph Macon College relocated to the town in 1868, and the area transformed into a small college town. It further prospered thanks to the construction of the Interstate and U.S. Route 1.
Ashland today encompasses more than seven square miles and has one of the largest land areas in Virginia. Residents in Ashland apartments for rent can take advantage of several neighborhood parks with picnic areas, wooded trails and sports complexes. Residents enjoy close proximity to an Amtrak station, several medical centers, the Hanover County Municipal Airport and Randolph-Macon College. The most common industries in Ashland are retail trade, construction and manufacturing. The business community receives a lot of support through organizations such as Ashland Economic Development Authority, and is well-connected to the Richmond Retail Merchants Association.
History buffs enjoy the recently opened Ashland Museum, annual events such as Train Day and a walking tour of historical buildings. The town also holds an annual art exhibition for local artists called Gallery Flux and a seasonal farmers market with local produce. When residents want the feel of a larger city, they can travel south to Richmond, which offers minor league sports teams, several universities, historic settings and the James River. Residents can also get their thrills at nearby Kings Dominion, a popular Virginia amusement park.
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