Ashford is a small town mid-way between Texas in NSW and Inverell. Unless the traveller is making either of those towns, or the Bruxner Hgy a destination Ashford would not be encounted. Basic services are provided but are limited.
There is not much for the visitor at Ashford and so a diversion to visit is not necessary. The town is showing signs of economic malaise so if one does happen to visit the Commercial Hotel is very old and has much history to relate.
From the Sydney Morning Herald Website:-
The area is popular with the 4WD brigade.
Before white settlement the area was occupied by the Kwiambal, a sub-group of the Murri indigenous people. It was the duty of the Murri women to raise the girls and younger boys. Later the boys went with the men. Both sexes went through initiation rites, proving their worthiness to the community. The men hunted large game while the women hunted smaller game and collected fruit and vegetable matter. Both were skilled in tool manufacture and the tribe lived with great economy on the resources of the land.
The past history of growing tobacco is only recorded at the commercial Hotel in Ashford. So if nearby go and have a look.