• Omni Homestead Triathlon Clifton Forge Main Street

    Join us on Saturday, May 20, for a Fun 5K Run, 5 Mile Paddle and 10 Mile Bike in the beautiful Alleghany Highlands of Virginia! The Omni Homestead Hotel is our sponsor for this event and they are giving all athletes that participate ,in this event 10% off best available rate the week of May 15 - 21, 2017. SIGN UP NOW

  • Clifton Forge Main Street - Grande Fondo Cycling

    Grand Fondo Cycling competition

    This day-long event gives the public a chance to come out and cheer for all the participants in this multi-level mountain bike endurance race.  Coming July 22, 2017.

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Upcoming:

Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day and C&O Railway Festival

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 – 10:00 am - Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 – 1:00 pm

Clifton Forge Main Street
501 E Ridgeway St
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

Plan now to visit the Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day and C&O Railway Festival on Saturday, June 3, 2017. The sixth anniversary of Heritage Day continues to be a celebration of the Alleghany Highlands in music, food, trains, arts and crafts and experiential activities. Irish, Scottish, German, English, Native American, African American, and Alleghany Highlands Mountain Cultures are honored and represented. Heritage Day takes place at the Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, Historic Masonic Theatre, Masonic Amphitheatre, Clifton Forge Public Library, Clifton Forge School of the Arts, The Jungle and C&O Heritage Center on June 3rd from 10:00 to 5:00. Heritage Day 2017 will feature the history of WWI and WWII and honor the veterans that served their country and their homeland in those wars; in addition to the history of the settlers who developed this area.. Mark your calendars, admission is free. #mainstreet... See MoreSee Less

FLAG DAY Ceremony - "Stars & Stripes Celebration Kick off'

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 – 5:30 pm - Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Clifton Forge Main Street
501 E Ridgeway St
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

The Flag Day Celebration @ the Masonic Amphitheatre begins at 5:30pm. The Stars and Stripes Celebration Committee of Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. is excited to announce this year’s 241st Nation’s Birthday events! We will kick off our patriotic celebration with a Flag Day Ceremony, June 14th, at 5:30 pm at the Masonic Amphitheatre. Included in the ceremony will be flag presentations by Boy Scout Troop #2, Girl Scout Troops #730 and #1281, and Clifton Forge VFW post 4299. In addition there will be patriotic music sung by Alan Dale Craft and a benefit picnic supper with birthday cake. Everyone is invited to this very special occasion. We urge you to bring children to this event. It's a great opportunity for them to be reminded of the importance of our nation's flag. This events kicks off The Town of Clifton Forge's Stars and Strips Celebration culminating on July 4th. #visitCFVA... See MoreSee Less

Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. is a non-profit organization working to improve the historic downtown of Clifton Forge for economic and cultural reasons. It is affiliated with the Virginia Main Street Program, a division of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.  In 1992 a group of local volunteers  came together to create an entity that, with the support of the town, could obtain the technical assistance of Virginia Main Street toward preservation and enhancement of the downtown area. This effort has produced good results and has revealed many needs yet to be met…

Small towns are unique. They’re initially defined by geography, like the mountain ridges that surround Clifton Forge. They are also defined by the industry that helps the town to grow. Since the turn of the century Clifton Forge has been a major player in the development and growth of the C&O and the CSX railroads. Train tracks snake their way through town and connect Clifton Forge to big cities. Many have ridden the rails to faraway places to get an education, find love and fight wars.

For many years the town and the railroad both grew and prospered. Through those good times the people of Clifton Forge built homes, raised families and they built churches – lots of churches. And they were a patriotic bunch – still are. The local community college is home to a detachment of the 116th Infantry of the VA National Guard. Most recently they’ve completed missions in Kosovo and in Iraq, a broad calling for citizen-soldiers.

When the railroad slowed down in the mid-60’s, many workers lost their jobs and the City of Clifton Forge suffered like many small towns that rely on a single industry. The city became a town a few years ago just as the C&O Heritage Center was getting started. Today it’s the history of the C&O that is helping fuel the re-birth of the town. New businesses are springing up, there are major infrastructure renovations underway and it’s getting harder to find parking in the  three block-long downtown area. Those who return to town for reunions, marriages and funerals just can’t get over how good things look. The number of folks retiring to the area or investing in second homes is a good measure of the hope and trust they have in the future of Clifton Forge.

There’s lots more that needs to be done but small towns like Clifton Forge tend to be built on solid cultural foundations: God, family, patriotism and a belief that hard work – and working together – will make a difference.
Chuck Almarez, Fire and Light Gallery, 2012

The Clifton Forge of the future is once again “scenic, busy, friendly!” Come visit historic Clifton Forge!

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