Ashford is a small town in northeast Connecticut.
The fact that Ashford has a motel is thanks to its location on the Wilbur Cross Highway (now I-84), which has been a main travel route since the 1940s.
During I-84 (I-86) reconstruction in the late 1970s, the motel's roadside sign encroached just enough into the widened right-of-way that part of it had to be cut off; for a time, the sign read "ASHFORD MOTE".
Ashford has seen two of its highways change numbers a few decades earlier, only to revert back in the 1980s. Route 74 became part of US 44, but is now Route 74 again; and I-84 became I-86, then I-84.
- CT 15, Wilbur Cross Highway, 1947-1980 (now I-84)
- I-86, 1969-1984 (now I-84)
- US 44A, 1942-1982 (now US 44)
- CT 197, until 1947 (along Turnpike Road and Boston Hollow Road)
- SR 424, 1938-1947 (might be part of CT 89)