ASHLAND In 1838 , The Richmond , Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Bought 462 Ac ...
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Description: ASHLAND In 1838 , the Richmond , Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad bought 462 acres bordering its tracks twelve miles north of Richmond in Hanover County . The company created a small summer retreat and passenger rest stop there . In 1858 , the area was incorporated as the town of Ashland , the name of the Kentucky home of Hanover native son Henry Clay . During the Civil War , Union cavalry attacked the railroad here three times : on 3 May 1863 under Maj . Gen . George Stoneman , on 1 March 1864 under Brig . Gen . H . Judson Kilpatrick , and on 11 May 1864 under Brig . Gen . Henry E . Davies , Jr . Department of Historic Resources , 1997