• Omni Homestead Triathlon Clifton Forge Main Street

    Join us on Saturday, May 21, 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 - 22, 2016. 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 2016.

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Upcoming:

Flag Day & Picnic at the Masonic Amphitheatre

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 – 5:30 pm

Masonic Amphitheatre
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

Sponsored by Clifton Forge Main Street. The beginning of the Stars & Stripes Celebration. .. a commemoration and celebration of our Nation’s Flag. Picnic on the grounds of the Masonic Amphitheatre Park. All are invited.... See MoreSee Less

Stars and Stripes Celebration

Monday, July 4th, 2016 – 12:00 pm

547 Main St, Clifton Forge, VA 24422-1177, United States

7th Annual Celebration and Parade The Stars and Stripes Celebration Committee of Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. is excited to announce this year’s 239th Nation’s Birthday. Many of our area businesses will once again join in the spirit of this year’s celebration by decorating their buildings. We invite you to take a stroll through town and enjoy their patriotic displays. A number of businesses are featuring tributes to veterans from our area, who have served our country. These tributes evoke many poignant memories for all of us. Their displays may be viewed at least until July 5th. On July 4th we will begin the day-long celebration with a parade at 11 AM, through the Historic Downtown area of Clifton Forge. The theme of this year’s parade is “Honoring all who serve” and will include a special tribute to First Responders. The public is cordially invited to come out and enjoy the parade. We encourage you to bring an American Flag to wave proudly as the parade passes by. We also urge anyone who would like to participate in the parade to contact our office soon so we can get you and/or your organization on the parade list. As this is a small town celebration in the best sense of the word, we are hoping that many of our young people will hop on the bikes, carry a flag or wear something red, white and blue and march or ride in the parade. At the conclusion of the parade everyone is invited to gather at the Town Hall steps to honor our special guests, WW II veterans, the Korean War, World War II Cadet Nurses, as well as veterans from our more recent wars and other conflicts and our special guests, representatives of First responders, who have served or are now proudly serving our country. There will be a reading of selections from The Declaration of Independence and a ceremonial raising of our Nation’s flag. Following the reading at the Town Hall steps we encourage you to follow our bagpipers on a very brief walk across our recently renovated “bridge to everywhere” and join us at the Masonic Amphitheatre for an afternoon concert by the Silverbacks, and a picnic lunch that will be served on the grounds of the Masonic Amphitheatre. There will be an informal art exhibit and sale during the afternoon throughout the Amphitheatre Park, where folks can enjoy a relaxing afternoon browsing local artists’ creations, and strolling through the new park-like setting, adjacent to Smith Creek. There will be a cardboard village for children to enjoy painting all afternoon. At 6 PM, the grounds of the C & O Heritage Center open to the public, free of charge, for an evening of informal fun, food and festivities with our neighbors and friends. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, enjoy some classic American picnic food and listen to some very special music for your enjoyment. You can even sing along. To kick off the evening, the Ladies for Liberty, will present a concert reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters trio that entertained troops overseas for years. Following the Ladies for Liberty, the evening’s entertainment will include a patriotic cantata by the 50 member Celebration Chorale. This outstanding presentation will include a Retreat of the Colors. The miniature train at the Heritage Center will also be available to ride, for a small fee. Finally, at that magical hour, when darkness settles in Clifton Forge, we will once again be thrilled by the spectacle of a brilliant fireworks display set against the backdrop of our majestic mountains here in the Alleghany Highlands - What a fitting close to our day-long celebration. The Stars and Stripes Committee hopes you will set aside this special holiday to join us in a day-long celebration of our Nation’s 240th birthday. Join in our parade – Join in a very unique small town celebration! Please call the Main Street Office for more information at 540 862-2000, visit our website www.cfmainstreet.com. org our Facebook page. See you in Clifton Forge July 4th. Happy Birthday America...... 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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