The Many Names of Ash
Ashburn has been known by several different names over the course of its history. The community began as Farmwell in 1802 and was sometimes referred to as Farmwell Station and Old Farmwell around the same time. It was named after a nearby estate owned by George Lee III. In 1841, a Quaker lawyer named John Janney bought part of the land and named it Ashburn Farm in 1870. The name Ashburn is believed to have come from family friends of Janney. Since the city’s development, it has had the honor of being home to two distinct sites on the National Register of Historic Places.
Ashburn, a Land of La
If you are a nature or water lover, you will have little difficulty passing the time in Ashburn. Within the city itself, there are around 10 different lakes, most of which feature large, open public parks and plenty of picnic, swimming, camping, and other recreation facilities. The largest in the city is Beaverdam Reservoir, and along its northeastern shore sits Edgar Tillet Memorial Park. Ashburn, Alder, Beech, and Cedar Lakes are all part of the same body of water near the city’s center and are separated by bridges and roadways. At the center of the lake's area lie the Lakes Community Center and an outdoor street hockey rink.