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 may well meet a stagecoach that will shipping them to the railroad-owned steamship line and cruise up the Potomac to Washington. In among their outset and vacation spot was once a boggy, overgrown quarter referred to as the Slashes, which appeared the correct leisure cease for weary tourists throughout the 1850s. The sector used to be renamed Ashland, after local son Henry Clay's domestic in Kentucky. via 1867, the Civil conflict had introduced monetary cave in and a resultant melancholy, and as a city that had depended on profit from playing, horseracing, and different rest actions, Ashland confronted critical demanding situations to its very lifestyles. Randolph-Macon university, initially in Mecklenburg County, made a care for Ashland that might keep either town and the nation's oldest Methodist collage by means of reestablishing its campus alongside their railroad tracks.

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In 1837, the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad laid its iron-capped wood rails from Richmond to Aquia Creek. There, passengers may possibly meet a stagecoach that might shipping them to the railroad-owned steamship line and cruise up the Potomac to Washington. In among their outset and vacation spot was once a boggy, overgrown region often called the Slashes, which appeared the correct relaxation cease for weary tourists through the 1850s.

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