About the Hanover Arts & Activities Center

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.

The Center not only sponsors popular events such as The Fourth of July Parade, the biennnial Ashland Musical Variety Show, Hanover Idols, The Center Players Youth Theater Programs and the Off the Rails Craft Beer Festival, we offer studio and meeting space for artists, musicians and community groups.  Its neoclassical architecture provides a large, open ballroom, soaring windows and ceilings, and an elegant exterior and lawn that provides a perfect backdrop for memorable events.