• Linden Park Concept Plan

    The Heights, Linden Park, Clifton Forge, Va. – Concept Plan

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  • Welcome to Clifton Forge – “A Highlands Treasure.”

    The Town of Clifton Forge, Virginia is a Municipal Corporation and a Political Subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Although the Town was chartered in 1906, its history dates back to the 1700s. The land that the Town now occupies was originally part of a 1770 land grant to a Robert Gallaspy by Lord Botetourt, the Governor of Virginia.

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  • Alleghany Living 2014-15 online magazine

    “Well, it’s happening again.” Another beautiful day in the Alleghany Highlands Virginia. Browse Events, Maps, Arts, and much more.

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  • The Roanoker

    “You Can’t Go Home Again…Well, Maybe You Can” by Joan Vanorsdall. Photography by Chuck Almarez. The Roanoker Magazine, June 2014.

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  • Visit the Town of Clifton Forge, Virginia

    Visit Clifton Forge, Va. in the Alleghany Highlands and enjoy our local area attractions.

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  • Town of Clifton Forge VA Incubator

    ‘The Business Incubator and Co-Working Center’

    Located in the Highlands Cleaners building, the Incubator offers open and shared space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, start ups, and those looking for an opportunity to network. The center offers: co-working office space, small and large meeting and conference areas, free WIFI access and WIFI accessible copy and fax machines, a small kitchen and lounge, laptops, projector and screen, high def TV with computer port and 24/7 access with security monitoring.

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  • Clifton Forge Public Library

    The mission of the Clifton Forge Public Library is to inform, educate, and entertain the public through a variety of programs, print and non-print sources and community activities.

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  • Find a Local Business

    We are proud of the quality businesses in Clifton Forge. Browse our business directory and learn more about us – find a new restaurant, discover a great shop, make reservations to stay the night, enjoy a show and contact professionals when you need a job done right. We are open!

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  • Relocating to Clifton Forge, Virginia?

    The Alleghany Highlands offers an extraordinary quality of life for its residents and an exceptional range of opportunities for visitors. Learn about the area Real Estate Resources and the area Schools & Colleges.

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Upcoming Events in the Town of Clifton Forge, Va.

Oct 4 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The workshop will cost $25. More details to follow.
Oct 5 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Guitar, Mandolin, Ukelele & Voice, For 7 years old and older. Choose the instrument and learn to play! Voice lesson alone, or in combination with the guitar: your choice. Every MONDAY. Noon-3:00pm. Call the school to schedule your time. 504-862-7275 Instructor: Cheryl Lunsford; Fee: $89/monthly for 4 half-hour lessons; ww.cfsota.org
Oct 5 @ 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Clifton Forge Public Library Board Meeting 5:30pm to 8:00pm Michael Armstrong Room at the Clifton Forge Public Library
Oct 5 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
(Fall Session) (Six week-Monday Session). Starting on Monday, September 28 and ending on November 2. 6-7:00pm.Chair yoga brings the opportunity to study yoga to all persons, regardless of physical limitations or aversions. This practice is centered around a chair for support, balance and security. No part of this will be
Oct 6 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Clifton Forge School of the Arts
Every Tuesday. (Call the School to select your lesson time.) Students will learn to read music and to play the piano easily. In just eight weeks, you are playing short songs and tunes. Instructor: Joanne Hayslett Fee: $100 for FOUR half-hour lessons, payable at time of 1st lesson. 540-862-7275
Oct 6 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WATERCOLOR: Tuesdays 10am -12 noon, Sept. 29 to Nov. 3, 2015, 6 weeks , $90 Michael Farrar Beginning students will develop fundamental knowledge of materials and techniques used in painting with transparent watercolor. Subjects covered include still life and landscape. Newcomers learn basic techniques, use of color, value, & contrast
Oct 6 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
OIL PAINTING: Tuesdays, 2-4 pm, Sept. 29, 2015 to Nov. 3, 2015, 6 weeks, $90, Michael Farrar For beginners, this class will focus on the technical and expressive fundamentals of oil painting. Beginning students will become familiar with oil paints, mediums, and paint handling. Learn how to choose canvas, stretchers,

Nominate a Resident for Recognition ”Beyond the Corridor”

Residents beyond the main corridors of Town will be recognized for their efforts to improve the exterior of their properties.  GUIDELINES AND FORM HERE

1. Anyone can nominate a resident for recognition by completing the ”Beyond the Corridor Recognition" form.

2. Before and after pictures should be attached to the form.

3. Exterior improvement must have been completed between January 1, 2015 and November 1, 2015 to be eligible.

4. Homes should show significant visual exterior improvement by remodeling, re-roofing, re-siding, painting, landscaping or a combination of all or any of the above.

5. The home may be rented or owned.

6. The home’s lawn and exterior should be clean and well maintained.

7. All nominations should be turned in to Clifton Forge Main Street or the Town Manager’s office in Town Hall by November 2nd of this year. Awards will be announced at the November 10th Clifton Forge Town Council meeting.

An Ad Hoc committee of five (5) has been appointed by the Vision 2025 Corridor Curb Appeal Committee. This committee will have the responsibility for selecting the winners.

There will be a maximum of five (5) winners who will each receive a $50 gift card from True Value Hardware. All nominees will have a recognition sign placed in their yard (pending approval from the homeowner).

The Recycle Trailer

The Recycle Trailer is now back at the Matthews Park location.  This location is in addition to the one presently at Kroger.



The Town of Clifton Forge is establishing a pool of applicants to fill a possible future vacancy.

Interested applicants must have graduated from an accredited high school or possess a GED and a valid Virginia driver’s license with a good driving record, be at least 21 years of age with good physical and moral character and be able to complete  Basic Police Training.  College level education in Criminal Justice, Police Administration, or related field, or experience in law enforcement is preferable.

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Inviting Sealed Proposals for Spot Storm Drainage Repairs of Roxbury St.

The Town of Clifton Forge, Virginia is inviting sealed proposals for spot storm drainage repairs at the location listed below.

The Town of Clifton Forge requests that the successful proposer perform the work prior to the milling and paving of Roxbury. Please indicate a projected start date. Work must be completed by November 6, 2015.

Sealed proposals will be received at the Public Works Office, 520 Howard Street, Clifton Forge, VA 24422. All bids should be sealed in an envelope with "Spot Storm Drainage Repairs Roxbury" clearly printed on the outside of the envelope. Faxed bids will not be accepted.

All submitted proposals shall be honored for 30 days after the opening.

Proposals will be opened at 2:00pm Monday, October 12, 2015, in the Public Works office.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Earl LaBonte at (540) 863-2517.

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The Town of Clifton Forge is pre-qualifying contractors to bid on housing rehabilitation and new housing construction for the Lower Roxbury Neighborhood Revitalization Project.  If you are a Virginia licensed (minimum of a Class B License) and insured contractor and are interested in bidding on this work, please contact Don Ford, Director of Community Development, Town of Clifton Forge, at 540/863-2509 or dford@cliftonforgeva.gov for an application form.

The initial deadline for receiving applications is May 15 2015, though additional contractors can apply and be added to the approved list of contractors throughout the project.

The Town of Clifton Forge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minority- & female-owned businesses are encouraged to apply.

Announcement: Few In C.F. Protected Under New Sewer Lateral Ordinance

2/25/2015 8:37:00 AM

Few In C.F. Protected Under New Sewer Lateral Ordinance

CLIFTON FORGE — Out of 1,500 active utility accounts, only 20 are protected under a new sewer lateral ordinance that was adopted last year by Clifton Forge Town Council.

In April 2014, after more than six months of discussing various options to address the cost and responsibility for sewer laterals between an individual’s property line and the main sewer line, Clifton Forge Town Council adopted an ordinance making the town responsible for the maintenance and repair of this section of sewer pipe once the owner installed a town-approved cleanout on his sewer lateral.

The town would inspect cleanouts at no cost and install a cleanout where needed for the cost of materials ($60). The owner could also use a contractor to install.

A $3 per month sewer lateral fee was adopted, effective July 1, 2014, to offset the costs of repairs incurred by the town for faulty lines in the future.

After almost eight months, very few citizens have taken advantage of the free cleanout inspection (8) and only 12 owners have had cleanout installed, or are waiting for installation, by the town for the $60 fee.

Until a cleanout is installed and/or inspected, the owner remains responsible for any repairs to the often times troubled section of their sewer lateral, Clifton Forge officials remind residents.

While Public Works installs cleanouts when requested, and as time is available, residents are encouraged to consider paying the $60 material fee at their earliest convenience to avoid costly repairs to their sewer line between their property line and the main line in the future.

2015 Town of Clifton Forge Council Goals

1. Work to make better communication a top priority using a variety of methods.

2. Continue to support Town infrastructure improvement by dedicating financial and human resources to this effort.

a. Water lines
b. Sewer lines
c. Road repair, especially on main roads in Town
d. Increase the amount of sidewalk repair including reviewing better designation of handicap sidewalks and curbs.

3. Promote and implement Tax Exemption Program developed by Clifton Forge, Covington, Alleghany County and Iron Gate.

4. Continue to support efforts for long-range strategic planning for the town of Clifton Forge.

a. Receive regular updates from AH Economic Development Corporation
b. Updates by Planning Commission
c. Updates by AH Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
d. Updates by Clifton Forge Main Street

5. Continue efforts to market town-owned properties.

6. Continue to promote clean-up efforts by the Town.

a. Support Town Employees, charitable organizations, and endorse nonprofit groups who have the improvement and beautification of the Town as a primary goal. Review and adopt ordinances that are consistent with clean-up efforts.
b. Support Code enforcement
c. Support Vision 2025 Corridor Curb Appeal Initiatives and encourage more citizen involvement.


Seeking Class A or B Contractors

Town of Clifton Forge is seeking Class A or B contractors to participate in the Lower Roxbury revitalization project through DHCD.  Pre-qualification applications are available in the Community Development Office at Clifton Forge Town Hall.

Working Together, It Happens More Than You Think

For Immediate Release

Working Together, It Happens More Than You Think

By Mayor Tom Sibold, Vice Mayor Gayle Hillert

As elected officials, we hear requests for many things from residents of our communities.  Some are easy to achieve and some more difficult.  In the Alleghany Highlands, to survive and thrive, it is best to work together as one entity using the strengths and contributions of Covington, Iron Gate Alleghany County and Clifton Forge.  In the most recent election, we heard that sentiment expressed many times.



Virginia Tech’s Save Our Towns Videos

Town of Clifton Forge VA - Virginia Tech "Save Our Towns"

Virginia Tech's Save Our Towns monthly Internet video series

Watch the Season 2 Premiere about Clifton Forge!  Aysha Alsane, student in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies talks about the projects here!

Presented by Virginia Tech, Save Our Towns offers a direct line to leaders throughout Appalachia – as well as the state – who share your vision for building a town for the future.

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The Town will be picking up loose and bagged leaves from November 2nd through December 11th.  Street side pick-up will be done first, alleys will be done last.  Please do not mix leaves with limbs.  The leaf machine cannot pick-up limbs.  During this time frame brush & bulk pick-up will not occur.  Leaf collection will follow the schedule below.


ZONE 1: Ingalls (Main to Richmond), Forester Area, Oakhill Area, Wilmont, Woodlawn, & Willow

ZONE 2: Jefferson from Palace Blvd. to upper end, Kensington to Lou, & upper Jefferson


ZONE 3: Verge St., Jefferson between Main & Palace & all side streets – Upton to Lowell, Vulcan & Venus

ZONE 4: Commercial, McCormick, Rose & Roxbury from Main to I-64

ZONE 5: Downtown (Ridgeway), Lower Main, Keswick, Entire West End




Town of Clifton Forge leaf schedule

Local Weather

Current conditions for Clifton Forge as of Sun, 04 Oct 2015 4:53 am EDT

Light Rain


High: 70° Low: 55°

Light Rain

Feels like: 53 °F

Barometer: 30.08 in and rising

Humidity: 93%

Visibility: 5 mi

Dewpoint: 55 °F

Wind: 10 mph

Sunrise: 7:16 am

Sunset: 6:56 pm

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Town Council – Public Comments Procedure

NOTICE: In order to ensure that all persons wishing to address Council have the opportunity to do so and in a timely manner, Council respectfully requests that all attendees keep conversation with each other during the meeting to a minimum.
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The Town Reminds You of These Important Dates

January 31st - Animal Tags are due
March 1st - Business licenses are due
March 1st - Town Decals go on sale
April 15th - Town Decals are due
June 5th - Second-half real estate taxes due
July 1st - Tax Relief for Elderly or Disabled
December 5th - First-half real estate taxes due and Personal Property Taxes Due
20th day of each month - Food and Beverage Tax

Highlands Scenic Byway

The scenic drive is a must-see experience for all visiting Virginia's Western Highlands and makes the outdoors and nature accessible even to those who would rather not hike into a wilderness area.

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