The name Fort Ashby refers to a small fortified area on the Caribbean coast of Nevis, south of Cades Bay but north of the lagoon at Cotton Ground.  The fort was the first of many fortifications built by the British in the 1600s, to defend Nevis against attacks from rival nations. These simple fortifications were not really much to speak of: they were often nothing more than a small outpost with just a few men and a few cannons in the right spot. North of Fort Ashby was another defended spot called Pelican Point, which is now a private house. 

All that remains of Fort Ashby itself are some cannon and some sections of wall. One interesting fact is that Fort Ashby was originally right on the coast, with the outer wall bordering the sea, but now it is some distance inland. (Much of Nevis is losing land due to coastal erosion, but in this area, the coast has been added to over the centuries by the sea depositing sand here.)

Fort Ashby itself is at best only a very minor attraction, and it is rather hard to locate, but as people drive past this area on the main road they may find it interesting to see the freshwater lagoon which lies between the small village of Cotton Ground and the beach. This lagoon is formed by the water from Nelson's Spring. It served as a very convenient source of fresh water for sailing ships in the past. The lagoon has flowering water lilies, and originally supported a wide variety of birds, butterflies and aquatic life.