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  • Experience Old Town Warrenton Welcomes Will Ashwell as New Chairman of the Board

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    March 08, 2021

    Warrenton, VA—After serving on the Experience Old Town Warrenton Board of Directors for the first of a three-year term, local attorney Will Ashwell accepted the gavel to serve as the new board chairman for 2021 at the nonprofit’s January meeting.

    The Fauquier native grew up off of Springs Road and now lives and works in Old Town Warrenton. After several years as an attorney with Mark B. Williams & Associates, Ashwell and his father, J. Gregory Ashwell, who served as a Fauquier judge for 14 years, decided to open a private law practice, Ashwell & Ashwell, located on Culpeper Street.

    Ashwell joined the Experience Old Town Warrenton board at the beginning of 2020, noting that he recognized it as a great opportunity to offer his services to an organization that was focused on the success of local businesses as well as launching great community events within the town. When the pandemic shut down businesses and events alike just two months into the year, Ashwell remained hopeful.

    “We as a board had to brainstorm and switch gears,” said Ashwell, adding that they did just that. Most notably, the organization’s signature event, GumDrop Square, was completely revamped. Held at Gloria’s, the event welcomed children to visit with Santa in a beautifully decorated space. Visitors welcomed the opportunity for in-person visits (still distanced) as well as avoiding standing in long lines outdoors. Instead, they checked in upon arrival and received a text message when it was their turn to meet Santa. Children could also purchase gifts in Santa’s Secret Shop, located this year in VonCanon General Store and The Purple Pumpkin.

    Moving forward, Ashwell remains focused on continued support of Old Town businesses as well as relaunching Experience Old Town Warrenton’s popular community events, including 1st Fridays—his personal favorite—when it’s safe to do so. In addition to leading the Experience Old Town Warrenton board, Ashwell serves on the boards of the Fauquier SPCA and the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce.

    Experience Old Town Warrenton is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to foster and inspire an environment in Old Town Warrenton that enhances economic vitality while preserving the historic character of the community; and to promote a rich and appealing cultural atmosphere in which to live, play, and do business.

    Contact:
    Will Ashwell, Chairman of the Board
    540-349-8606