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Clifton Forge

Clifton Forge is named for “Clifton”, an estate in Lexington owned by the father of William Lyle Alexander of Lexington, who owned a forge near Iron Gate and name the place in honor of his father’s estate.


Surrounding Courthouses: 

N – Alleghany County

E – Alleghany County

S – Alleghany County

W – Allegany County


Independent City Created:  1906 – 2020                                  State map highlighting Covington


Former Courthouse – Clifton Forge


Location:  547 Main Street / Jefferson Street

Built:  1911 – 1912

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  H C Allen

Contractor:  C H Turner & Company


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Clifton Forge. The west front projects from the main building and has a large portico supported by four tall columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The recessed entrance is framed with stone and the window headers are stone. On the center of the roof is a square clock tower with steep gold colored roof. The building was remodeled in 1946 after a fire. The architect was H M Miller of Roanoke and the contractor was Charles W Barger & Son of Lexington. The city ceased to be an independent city in 2001 and is now a town. The building now serves as the Town Hall.


Note:  In 2001, Clifton Forge gave up its status as an Independent City.


See:  The 25th Judicial Circuit includes Alleghany County, Augusta County, Bath CountyBotetourt CountyBuena Vista, Covington, Craig County, Highland County, Lexington, Rockbridge CountyStaunton and Waynesboro.



Former Courthouse – Clifton Forge



















Photos taken 2013