Ashland, Virginia

Ashland Coffee and Tea at 100 North Railroad Avenue, our reason for being here

Ashland Coffee and Tea at 100 North Railroad Avenue, our reason for being here

We recently discovered a singer-songwriter we like very much: Richard Shindell was born in New Jersey but now resides in Argentina with his family. On Sunday, March 3, 2019, I decided to see if he ever toured in the United States. Unbelievably, he had been performing a mere ten minutes from our US home the evening before! Looking at his tour schedule, we saw that our best bet was to attend his concert on March 22 at the Ashland Coffee and Tea in Ashland, Virginia, a three-hour drive from here.

We had never been to Ashland, and the place turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. It's just north of Richmond, and if you are driving from, say, New York to North Carolina, it's a perfect stop to break up the journey, savor great food, and talk to some very friendly and welcoming people. Ashland is defined by the railroad: tracks run through the center of Railroad Avenue, Ashland's main street. Though sleepy in the afternoon, Ashland definitely came to life in the evening, so much so that it wasn't all that easy to find a parking spot in town. We had an amazing time in Ashland! The concert was great and the venue delightful. The inhabitants of Ashland take pride in their town, and it shows. If you're heading north or south on I-95, do yourself a favor and stop for the night or at least a meal. You'll be glad you did.

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Walking down England Street from our hotel to the railroad tracks The old St. Ann's Church, now part of the Randolph-Macon College

Walking down England Street from our hotel to the railroad tracks

The old St. Ann's Church, now part of the Randolph-Macon College


Mural on the side of The Caboose Market & Café Backyards along Myrtle Street

Mural on the side of The Caboose Market & Café

Backyards along Myrtle Street


We had a delicious lunch at the Iron Horse restaurant Robinson Street

We had a delicious lunch at the Iron Horse restaurant

Robinson Street


On South Railroad Avenue Outside the Fin and Feather Pet Center Journalist Jay Pace reading the paper

On South Railroad Avenue

Outside the Fin and Feather Pet Center

Journalist Jay Pace reading the paper


Closeup of local newspaperman Jay Pace at... ...the Center of the Universe.

Closeup of local newspaperman Jay Pace at...

...the Center of the Universe.


We had breakfast at The Caboose The Ashland station and visitor center

We had breakfast at The Caboose

The Ashland station and visitor center


At the railway station The Henry Clay Inn behind the station

At the railway station

The Henry Clay Inn behind the station


Tiny Tim's Trains and Toys The railway crossing in the center of town This is where we saw Richard Shindell

Tiny Tim's Trains and Toys

The railway crossing in the center of town

This is where we saw Richard Shindell


Looking northwards along the tracks Getting closer to the station

Looking northwards along the tracks

Getting closer to the station


Looking to the south along the tracks Unlikely joint tenants...

Looking to the south along the tracks

Unlikely joint tenants...


Ashland is defined by the railway... ...but it's also a college town.

Ashland is defined by the railway...

...but it's also a college town.


On College Avenue On College Avenue On College Avenue

On College Avenue

On College Avenue

On College Avenue

College Avenue is a very pretty street; it skirts the Randolph-Macon campus and features many beautiful and stately residences. The photos below are but a sample of the types of homes one may find here. Judging by this sign, it is also a very welcoming neighborhood. What a refreshing change from the signals coming from the White House these days!


206 College Avenue 301 College Avenue

206 College Avenue

301 College Avenue


302 College Avenue 304 College Avenue

302 College Avenue

304 College Avenue


400 College Avenue 405 College Avenue

400 College Avenue

405 College Avenue


The photos on this page were taken on March 22 and 23, 2019.
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