Clifton is than 30 miles from Washington, DC and yet protected from the surrounding sprawl, The town was originally known as Devereux Station, but in 1868, its name was changed to Clifton Station and later shortened to Clifton. On March 10, 1902 Clifton Station was established as a town by Charter from the General Assembly. The railroad started Clifton on its way to the town we know. When a Post Office was established in 1869, the town started growing with stores, schools and a community feeling. With some of the historic homes dating as far back as 1771 it’s small wonder that the town was declared a National Historic District by the U.S. Department of Interior in 1985.
The small town of about 200, affectionately referred to as the “Brigadoon” of Virginia, has been favored by US Presidents (Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes and Theodore Roosevelt.), First Ladies (Nancy Reagan), Supreme Court justices, Congressmen, Senators, and other notable Washington celebrities.
Clifton has maintained the charm and feeling of a Norman Rockwell painting.
Today Clifton is a thriving down-home community with over a dozen community activities hosted by the Town of Clifton or the Clifton Betterment Association.
The annual Clifton Day is a non-profit event, raising funds for a variety of local organizations. The festival includes arts and crafts, antiques, demonstrations, the Town Market, live music, children’s activities and lots of good food. Clifton Day is on the Sunday before Columbus Day (usually the second Sunday of the month).
Clifton hosts a variety of other activities to include the Town Birthday party and the spring scavenger Egg Hunt. Also in the spring is Kid Fest and a community yard sale. The summer brings the Clifton Caboose Twilight Run, the Wine festival, the 4th of July Parade & picnic & the Clifton Youth Film Fest. Fall includes the Clifton Cruisers Car Show, Barn Dance, Clifton Day and the Haunted Trail. There is a holiday homes tour around Christmas.
Arts & Crafts
Some of the crafts include basketry, ceramics, clothing, fabric, furniture, jewelry, mixed media, needlework and quilts, sculpture and metalwork, seasonals, stained glass, watercolors, woodworking and decorative painting. Craft Demonstrators in the town center provide demonstrations on walking sticks, woodcarving, syrup making, basketry spinning, herbal crafting, lace, pottery, rug weaving, silhouettes and more.
The Town Market
The Town Market is an area dedicated to whimsical and non-traditional crafts, selected buy-sell items and screen-printed
clothing, children’s toys and craft activities, hobbyist and collector items and other fun, family-oriented articles for sale.
Antique vendors from near and far will be showcasing some of the area’s most unique and beautiful furniture and period collector items.