Located at Nipising Road and Highway 141 (Parry Sound Road), Ashdown Corner was once a well established town. This included a school, Orange Hall, Methodist Church, The Ashdown Hotel (The Humphrey Hotel), R.G. Halls Blacksmith Shop, A.H. McCann’s Wagon and Carriage Factory, and a cheese factory.
Slightly south of Highway 141, where the Nipissing Road crosses Shadow River there was a planing mill as well as a “sash and door” factory.
As with most towns along the Nipissing Road, the coming of the railway in the late 19th century was the start of a steep decline in the towns fortunes.