366 Days of Writing Prompts – Day 83
Write a piece about a typically “local” experience from
where you come from as though it’s an entry in a travel
Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and surrounded by the Alleghany Mountains, rests a small railroad town called Clifton Forge. Every Autumn, folks from neighboring towns and cities (Iron Gate, Low Moor, Covington, Lexington, Roanoke and as far away as White Sulphur Springs, WV) descend upon this town for a weekend of festivities to usher in the cool weather, gather with friends and family, and enjoy the nostalgia of Small Town USA. The local shops and restaurants open their doors and welcome in visitors. You can expect events at the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center, the Clifton Forge School of the Arts, the Historic Masonic Theatre and Amphitheatre, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society, Inc.
The Fall Foliage Festival, as this Autumn festivity is known, takes place along Main Street, Ridgeway Street, and in areas scattered along the town. You can expect to find food vendors, arts and craft displays, and vendors selling an array of wares. Yard Sales are popular during this time too and can be found as far away as Iron Gate, Cliftondale, Low Moor and Covington. Local bands gather and play music. There’s something for everyone here.
If you plan on stopping by for the festivities, you can find lodging in nearby Covington, VA or perhaps you’d enjoy staying at the Homestead, just 35 miles away in Hot Springs, VA. And if you really want to take in the local flavor while you are in the area, there is Douthat State Park 6 miles away, the Humpback Covered Bridge 16 miles away and Falling Springs Falls 18 miles away.
So if you find yourself traveling in October along I-64 between WV and Lexington VA, or from Rt. 220 out of Roanoke VA and along Old Rt. 60, stop on by Clifton Forge and join the festivities. The folks in these parts will welcome you like you’re a neighbor. See you along the trail.
Historical Clifton Forge