Saturday is Train Day, when Ashlanders and train enthusiasts alike unite to celebrate Ashland’s humble roots as a train town.
Without the tracks that run through town, it’s possible that Ashland would have never become the thriving place it is today, a thought that we’ve all probably shared (or ignored, completely) while waiting on England Street for a passing train to makes its way north or south.
Ashland was born from the railroad, and it’s important the town and its residents never lose sight of that.
With that said, our hats at the H-P are off to all of the folks that make this celebration possible.
The event is now in its second year under the leadership of the Ashland Main Street Association. Main Street is dedicated to preserving downtown Ashland and, through its hard work, helped Ashland become a designated Virginia Main Street community earlier this year.
Events like Train Day pay homage to the town’s past and also secure its future. We would say those now charged with organizing the event have similar goals.