• Clifton Forge Main Street - Star and Stripes Celebration July 4th

    Stars and Stripes Celebration

    Many of our area businesses have joined in the spirit by decorating their buildings. All-day activities on July 4th in Clifton Forge include a downtown parade at 11am and fireworks at night!

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Easter Bonnet Celebration

Saturday, March 24th, 2018 – 11:00 am - Saturday, March 24th, 2018 – 12:00 pm

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

Parade begins at 11am. Line up is at 10:45 at the Elks Lodge (306 Ridgeway) Causal and pet friendly. Bring the entire family! Awards will be given for adults and kids in the following categories: most beautiful bonnet, most handsome hat, most creative hat, and most creative bonnet. Pet categories are most fun and most creative hat/bonnet. Take a picture with the Easter bunny under the awesome balloon archway at the finish line. Hunt for eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny immediately following the parade at Scott Hill Retirement Community (700 W. Ridgeway Street). Then head on over to the Historic Masonic Theatre for the AHACC annual Art of Chocolate Festival lasting until 4pm. This year's theme is "Passport to Chocolate". Enjoy an entire days worth of activities in Clifton Forge! #visitcliftonforgeva #uniquelyalleghany #visitCFVA... See MoreSee Less

Alleghany Highlands Triathlon

Saturday, May 19th, 2018 – 8:00 am - Saturday, May 19th, 2018 – 12:00 pm

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

Join us on Saturday, May 19, for a Fun 5K Run, 5 Mile Paddle and 10 Mile Bike in Clifton Forge, VA, the beautiful Alleghany Highlands. Race begins at the Sharon Community Center in Clifton Forge at 4017 Nicelytown Road, Clifton Forge. Packet pick-up and registration will be 5:30-7pm May 18th at Jack Mason's Tavern and 7:30 am at The Sharon Community Center on May 19. The Top male and female finisher overall will each receive an Omni Homstead gift certificate for a 2 person one night stay! Medals will be given for top finishers in multiple age groups as well as teams. This is a great event for all levels of participants. #cliftonforgeva #uniquelyallegheny #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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