• 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:

Clifton Forge Downtown Market

Friday, July 1st, 2016 – 8:00 am - Friday, July 1st, 2016 – 12:30 pm

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

Vegetables, herbs, starter plants, honey, desserts, handmade seasonal and primitive crafts, soaps, and much more! Friday Downtown Market Open in the Historic District during garden & growing seasons between May 6 and October 2016. Operating hours during these months will be every Friday 8 AM to 12:30. Downtown Clifton Forge, VA - Commercial & Ridgeway Streets between True Value Hardware and SONA Bank. Support your local farmers and merchants : )... See MoreSee Less

Stars and Stripes Celebration

Monday, July 4th, 2016 – 11:00 am

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

• The Stars and Stripes Celebration Committee of Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. is excited to announce this year’s 240th 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. • On July 4th, we will begin the day-long celebration with a Down Town parade at 11 am. We urge you to come out and enjoy the parade or even be in it! 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 for a special ceremony honoring our Veterans. • Following a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence at the Town Hall steps we encourage you to follow our bagpipers on a short walk to the Masonic Amphitheatre for an afternoon concert by the Silverbacks and a picnic lunch. Children can enjoy painting cardboard houses and getting their faces painted. • 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. Back by popular demand are the Ladies for Liberty singing trio followed by the 50 member Celebration Chorale presenting a Patriotic Cantata. 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. An awesome fireworks display will take place at dusk to close out the 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 or visit our Facebook page. See you in Clifton Forge July 4th.... 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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