Ashland is a borough in Schuylkill County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Pottsville. A small part of the borough also lies in Columbia County, although all of the population resided in the Schuylkill County portion as of the 2010 census. It comprises less than 1% of the borough's area, and is located at the extreme northwest corner of the borough, bordering Conyngham Township. The Borough lies in the anthracite coal region of eastern Pennsylvania. Settled in 1850, Ashland was incorporated in 1857, and was named for Henry Clay's estate near Lexington, Kentucky. Population in 1900, 6,438; in 1910, 6,855; and in 1940, 7,045. The population was 2,817 at the 2010 census.
It is the location of Pioneer Tunnel, a tourist attraction featuring a tour of a coal mine on mine cars and a separate narrow gauge steam train ride.
All residents of Ashland attend North Schuylkill School District, located at 1 Academy Lane, Ashland, PA. This district includes one Elementary building (K-6) and one upper campus High School (7-12).