Ashland

Welcome to Ashland

Ashland is the western gateway into the Upper Schuylkill Region along PA Route 54 and 61, which traverses through the heart of anthracite coal culture.

The borough is named after Henry Clay’s lush estate near Lexington, Kentucky. Ashland was the site of Jacob Rodenberger’s old log hotel in 1820. Burd S. Patterson, a prominent citizen of the county, had predicted that some day an important mining town would cover the slope of this mountain. In 1845, Patterson with John P. Brock of Philadelphia and James Hart purchased the land to develop Ashland. The Borough of Ashland was formally established in 1857. Ashland’s rolling Main Street features many fine examples of 19th century architecture currently undergoing an exciting renovation and revitalization effort.

Not far off the borough’s main thoroughfare is the must-see bronze monument of Whistler’s mother, visible from the intersection of PA Routes 61 and 54. The statue was commissioned in 1937 during the annual Ashland Boys Association (ABA) homecoming, and is based on James McNeill Whistler’s famous 1871 painting, “Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter’s Mother.”

A plaque at its base proclaims that the statue-completed as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Work Projects Administration – “honors all mothers, past and present, and is the only one of its kind in the country.”

The Ashland Boys Association, established circa 1901, remains active in the borough, and continues to host its annual Labor Day parade based on the association’s age-old tradition of inviting its boys back to their stomping grounds to celebrate fond memories of growing up in the Anthracite Region.

Local folk stories tell how scores of Ashland boys, mining lanterns illuminating the evening streets, would disembark from the train at the base of Main Street and make their way home in a procession, which eventually become the annual ABA parade.

Our region’s anthracite history is further interpreted through the Ashland Museum of Anthracite Mining and Ashland’s Pioneer Coal Mine and Steam Train – originally the Pioneer Colliery – where today visitors can enter this authentic coal mine by rail, and learn how anthracite was mined. Guests can also ride the Lokie Henry Clay, a steam locomotive, which once hauled coal and now carries passengers along Ashland’s Mahanoy Mountain to experience what life must have been like for the hardworking coal miners of the Upper Schuylkill Region. Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine and Steam Train is A Pennsylvania Top 10 Attraction visit www.pioneertunnel.com.

Ashland Borough Hall

  • 501 Chestnut Street
    Ashland, PA 17921
  • Dennis J. Kane, Mayor
  • Michael Groody, Council President
  • Steve Ulceski, Manager

Elementary, Secondary and Special Education

  • North Schuylkill Schuylkill District
  • Cardinal Brennan High School
  • Trinity Academy at the Father Walter J. Ciszek Education Center (K-6)
  • Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29
  • St. Joseph’s Center for Special Learning

Ashland Annual Community Events

  • Ashland Rotary “Pet Walk” – 1st Saturday in May
  • Ashland Downtown “Spring Fling” – 4th Saturday May
  • Ashland Downtown “Farmers Market” – Saturday mornings May through October
  • “ABA Car Cruise” – 2nd Sunday in July
  • Borough Recreation “Flicks at the Field” – Memorial Field during Summer Months
  • Catholic Churches of Ashland “Block Party” – Friday and Saturday last weekend of June
  • American Hose Company Annual “Fireworks” – July 3, Raindate July 4
  • “Pioneer Day” – 3rd Saturday in August at Pioneer Tunnel/Higher-ups Park
  • “ABA Mummers Parade” – 1st Saturday September
  • Ashland Downtown “AppleFest” – 3rd Saturday October
  • Mu Zeta “Halloween Parade” – 3rd Sunday October
  • Kiwanis “Christmas Parade” – Saturday Thanksgiving Weekend
  • Ashland Downtown “Holiday Decorating” 3rd Friday December
  • Ashland Downtown “Old Fashioned Christmas” 3rd Saturday December
  • “Six Great Town Food Pavilion” – Upper Schuylkill Homecoming – 1st Saturday September
  • “Ashland Downtown Wine and Food Pairing” – Upper Schuylkill Homecoming – 1st Sunday September
  • Veteran’s “Memorial Day Parade and Service” – Memorial Day
  • Historic Society “Art and Antique Appraisal” with Dr. Lori – 5th Sunday October
  • American Hose Annual “Chicken BBQ Sale” – 2nd Saturday September