Our History


Hanover County, Virginia has a rich history of Presbyterianism.  As early as the 1740s, large numbers of Presbyterian “dissenters,” Presbyterians who wished to separate from the Church of England, the state church in the British colony of Virginia, were worshiping in meeting houses in our county.

Ashland Presbyterians began gathering for Sunday worship in a local hall prior to the mid-1860s and the Ashland Presbyterian Church was organized in December 1871.

Our sanctuary building was built in three stages:  the sanctuary in 1875; the entrance vestibule and side rooms around 1881; and the rooms behind the sanctuary around 1925. Lancaster Hall, a separate building which houses our educational and fellowship activities, was added behind the sanctuary building in 1959.

We are a member of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (http://www.pcusa.org) and are a member of that denomination’s Presbytery of the James (http://www.presbyteryofthejames.org).