Ashland (Images of America) by Dale Paige Talley

By Dale Paige Talley

In 1837, the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad laid its iron-capped wood rails from Richmond to Aquia Creek. There, passengers might meet a stagecoach that might delivery them to the railroad-owned steamship line and cruise up the Potomac to Washington. In among their outset and vacation spot used to be a boggy, overgrown quarter often called the Slashes, which appeared the ideal leisure cease for weary tourists in the course of the 1850s. The sector was once renamed Ashland, after local son Henry Clay's domestic in Kentucky. by way of 1867, the Civil warfare had introduced monetary cave in and a resultant melancholy, and as a city that had trusted profit from playing, horseracing, and different relaxation actions, Ashland confronted critical demanding situations to its very lifestyles. Randolph-Macon university, initially in Mecklenburg County, made a take care of Ashland that might retailer either town and the nation's oldest Methodist university by way of reestablishing its campus alongside their railroad tracks.

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