About Us 2018-05-03T07:54:25+00:00

What is the Ashland Main Street Association?

We are a non-profit, 501c3 organization comprised of community volunteers representing businesses, civic organizations, Randolph-Macon College, and residents of Ashland — the “Center of the Universe.”

We partner with local businesses, civic groups, Randolph-Macon College, and town residents to preserve, enhance, and promote downtown Ashland, making it a welcome destination while preserving and maintaining its unique charm and appeal.

On June 7, 2013 Ashland Main Street Association was recognized as a designated Virginia Main Street Community.

Mission and Vision

Our Mission – The mission of the Ashland Main Street Association is to preserve, enhance, and promote downtown Ashland through cooperative efforts among local businesses, community organizations, Randolph-Macon College & the Town.

Our Vision – Our vision is to make Ashland a “destination location” by offering a diverse mix of businesses, cultural and community attractions, pedestrian-friendly streets, and attractive public spaces.

The Virginia Main Street Program is a preservation-based economic and community development program that follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach™ developed by the National Trust Main Street Center. Virginia Main Street offers a range of services and assistance to communities interested in revitalizing their historic commercial districts.

What does Main Street Ashland do?
  • Main Street works directly with the Town and community organizations on events that promote Ashland, draw customers to our businesses, and enrich our community.
  • Main Street encourages downtown businesses to preserve their historic structures for the enjoyment of future generations.
  • Main Street also encourages downtown businesses to enhance their curb appeal by recognizing significant cosmetic improvements with the “You’ve Been Noticed!” campaign.
  • Main Street’s “Adopt-A-Spot” program allows civic groups and community organizations to sponsor beautification projects that also enhance the downtown business district.
  • Main Street works with Randolph-Macon College and the Town on long-term development plans that provide a consistent, integrated “look and feel” for the Center of the Universe, through signage, architectural standards, and beautification guidelines.
  • Main Street promotes Downtown Ashland by supporting and sponsoring local events like Ashland Train Day, Light Up the Tracks and the Chalk Walk.
  • Publish monthly town newsletter ‘GET CENTERED’ to promote the Center of the Universe.
How can I participate?

Ashland Main Street Association applauds input from the community !  We SPOTLIGHT Artist(s) and/or Businesses in each issue of our monthly newsletter GET CENTERED.   We have three annual events – Ashland Train Day (held the first Saturday in November), Light Up the Tracks (entire month of December) and the Ashland Chalk Walk (held in May).  If you belong to a local community organization, perhaps your group would like to “Adopt-A-Spot” for beautification.   It is open to any individual, service group or business /property owner interested in enhancing the downtown Ashland business district.  Public spaces in this area may be sponsored via a contract with Main Street in which the sponsor agrees to design, plant and maintain a given “spot” for a period of at least one year.

If you would like to get involved in Ashland Main Street, we would love to hear from you!   Email us or call us if you have suggestions, news and/or are interested in volunteering.

Email Main Street
Ashland Main Street Meetings

Ashland Main Street meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month.   There is a public comment session at each meeting.   All are welcome.

Design Committee, 1st Monday of the month at the Iron Horse Restaurant.
Organization Committee, 2nd Monday of the month at the Ashland Museum.
Economic Vitality Committee, 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Ashland Library.
Promotions Committee, 4th Wednesday of the month at Caboose.
Board of Directors

Current Board Members as of July 2017

  • Bill Gatewood, President
  • Sara Wright Holloway, Vice President
  • Courtney Buckio Rowe, Treasurer
  • Bob Brown, Secretary
  • Lorie Foley
  • Mike Hildebrand
  • Kelly Thomasson Mercer
  • Dan Bartges
  • Jack Zemp
  • Paul Davies
  • Suzanne Woltenholme
  • Tim McDermott
  • Austin Joy
  • Chris Zaldivar
  • Town Council Liaison:  Kathy Abbott