The Hanover Arts and Activities Center is located in Ashland, Virginia the home of Randolph Macon College, many major businesses throughout the State, and a short 20 minute drive north of historical Richmond, Virginia, the former confederate capitol of the south. Ashland came about because the President of the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad, (RF&P), thought the area was a perfect location to build a summer home away from the pressures and strain of the big city and managing a railroad. By 1857 Ashland was incorporated as an independent town and in 1859 a congregation of like minded community members formed the First Baptist Church of Ashland, and built themselves a small one room church. For 104 years, the building served the community as a church with the exception during the Civil War when it was used as a temporary hospital. Then in 1969, it was converted into a public non-profit community arts, education, and activities center continuing to serve the same community even into the next century.