“Small town, untouched by time.”
Heaven knows there are lots of places that make that claim.
From our experience, Waterford, Virginia takes the blue ribbon in the D.C. area. But if you go, be forewarned. It’s almost too untouched. Cash registers and public restrooms are virtually non-existent.
Striking a good balance is Clifton, Virginia. Resting peacefully near the Occoquan River in the western part of Fairfax County, the town’s historic district is about a 45-minute drive from Alexandria. That seems too close to be considered an escape, but once you’re there, you do feel like you’ve left the rat race behind.
We made our way over this morning. Clifton, once nicknamed “Brigadoon,” is small, but a real treat. The speeding traffic is the one downside, but maybe everyone was out on this gorgeous day.
Here are the highlights, enjoyed on a cool crisp morning.
Clifton owes much to the railroad that was built here during the Civil War.
A pleasant alternative to the bronze markers, Clifton sports these made of wood.
Quigg House (1874).
Clifton General Store. “You can trust your car, to the man who wears the star…”
Spotted this inside the store. According to Paul Dickson’s encyclopedia, Chicagoan George W. Hancock wrote the rules in 1887, the forerunner to softball.
The Pink House