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The goal of Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day & Railway Festival is to celebrate the history & heritage of the Alleghany Highlands through education, demonstrations and displays, music, entertainment, food & presentations!



Friday, June 1, Historic Masonic Theatre, John E Hillert Auditorium, 7:30 pm

Cash Unchained sponsored by Covington/Hot Springs Rotary club

Cash Unchained

Take a journey back in time to the life and music of “The Man in Black” performed by Cash Unchained. The band has been national sought after while touring all over US bringing the sights and sounds of the legendary Johnny Cash.

Johnny Cash had a sound that was unforgettable. Steady like a train, sharp like a razor, with the perfect blend of country, rock ‘n’ roll, and folk music, Cash paved the way for artists of all genres for years to come. Without Johnny Cash, we wouldn’t have some of the finest music we’ve all enjoyed over the past six decades. Performed by some of the finest musicians in the state of Virginia, 18 year old James Tamelcoff III captures Cash’s trademark baritone voice, while his band delivers the infectious, driving rhythm of the Tennessee Three.

Saturday, June 2

Masonic Amphitheatre Stage

9:50 am Bagpipers cross the bridge

10:00 am Welcome by Highlands Officials

10:10 am Pipes & Drums

10:30 am County Cloggers

11:30 am Native American Dancers

Ray Baird, Historian

12:15 pm Patriotic Patrick Henry

1:00 pm Bill Cook & Friends

2:00 pm Reborn Gospel Ensemble

3:00 pm CFSOTA Brass Band

4:00 pm Strum Sum Band

Masonic Theatre Underground Lounge

10:00 to 5:00 pm  Antique Banjo Display

10:00 am to Noon: Leah Trent, Celtic Harpist, English Pastries

12:30 pm  Heritage Day Beer, Wine & Cider Garden Opens

12:30 pm  Jim Lloyd & Banjo

Jim Lloyd

1:30 pm Kim Feinauer, Irish Ballads

Crossing County Lines

2:15 pm Crossing County Lines

3:30 pm  David Crandall, Guitar, and Company

Historic Masonic Theatre John E Hillert Auditorium

Throughout the day:  WWI, WWII, and Korean Newsreels, AH Chamber video, Wounded Soldiers and  Quilt making

1:00 pm Quilts of Valor

Quilts of Valor

Remembering Green Pastures, Story Telling

2:30 pm Remembering Green Pastures, Story Telling, Moderated by Josh Howard

Historic Masonic Theatre Annex

Fiber Arts Network, Demonstrations of Spinning, Weaving & Working with Fibers

C&O Railway Entertainment

1:00 pm  Moonshine Express Band

C&O Railway Heritage Center

Amusements & Games, Woodcrafts from Railroad Shops Wood, Quilted Crafts, Railroad Tees, Rail Safety, Steam Restoration Exhibit, Railroad Collectibles, Antiques, C&O Gift Shop


Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center

“MAKE PIECES NOT WAR” with Quilt Historian Neva Hart, Roanoke, VA

For soldiers in the field or citizen soldiers who declared the moral equivalent of war, quilts have been used throughout America’s history not only to comfort but to further “the Cause.” YOU MAY BE SURPRISED TO LEARN that it wasn’t the Boston Tea Party that started the Revolution! Learn how quilt makers, impacted by textile trade, embargoes, and social trends, were influenced by the Revolutionary War to modern Middle East conflicts. Quilt turnings will show how quilt makers expressed their political sentiments with samples from Hart’s personal collection beginning from the late 1700s.

Neva Hart’s Bed Quilt Turnings will take place at the Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, 439 East Ridgeway, Downtown Clifton Forge at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm.  In addition to the Bed Quilt Turnings, the Arts & Crafts Center will also host an Americana Quilt Display in the gallery.


Quilts at Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center

Veterans Research Center, Clifton Forge Public Library

Restoring Your Photos, Chuck Almarez

11:00 am Restoring Your Precious Photos, Chuck Almarez

1:00 pm Copper Creations, Don Roberts

10 am to 4 pm  What’s Your Story? Memories of the Highlands

10 am to 5 pm  Pincushions & Sewing Implements, Threadbenders


Veterans Research Center, CF Public Library

WWI, WWII, Korean, Viet Nam War Exhibit, Books and Videos Available,

11:00 am  Restoring Vintage Photos, Demonstration & Display, Chuck Almarez

1:00 pm Copper Creations, Demonstration & Display (US Coins into Rings), Don Roberts

What’s Your Story, Telling Stories of the Alleghany Highlands

Threadbenders Pincushions & Sewing Implements Display, Needleart Demonstrations

Clifton Forge Presbyterian Church

10:00 to 5:00 Quilt Pew Exhibit

Church Street

Welcome Stations, Tractor/Wagon Transport

Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center

Americana Quilt Exhibit

Bed Quilt Turnings: 10:30 Bed Quilt Turning, Neva Hart

12:30 Bed Quilt Turning, Neva Hart

3:00 Bed Quilt Turning, Neva Hart

Quilting Demonstrations by Elizabeth Locher

Clifton Forge Town Hall

Vintage Vehicles Exhibit

C&O Railway Heritage Festival

Miniature Train Rides, C&O Railway Model N-Scale Layout, Depot Gift Shop


Keep A Lookout for Patrick Henry!


Church Street: Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour

Modeled on the highly successful Civil War 150 HistoryMobile, the Profiles of Honor brings to life the state’s integral role in both wars, highlighting stories of Virginians who served in both conflicts. As part of the tour, visitors are invited to bring their own WWI and WWII-related photographs to be scanned for inclusion in the Virginia Profiles of Honor project. This partnership with the Library of Virginia will help preserve the documents and stories of of our veterans for generations.

Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour ~ 36-foot long museum


Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour ~ Bring your WWI and WWI photos to scan and share.


Children’s Activities, Amphitheatre Grounds

Giant bubble blowing station

Face Painter

Hands on Animal Exhibit

Farm Activites, The Jungle/Smith Creek Train Entrance

Hands-On Farm Animal Experience

C&O Children’s Activities

Hands-on HO Model Layout, Miniature Train Rides



Amphitheatre Grounds Food Court

German Kraut & Sausages

Amphitheatre Grounds Food Court – Native American Tacos

Native American Tacos

Lions Club Homemade Ice Cream

Masonic Snow Cones

Masonic Popcorn

Jack Mason’s Tavern, Shepherd’s Pie

Shari’s Kettle Corn, Polish Sausage, Kettle Korn

Puffenbargers Barbeque

Shriners Donuts

Soul Sister’s Soul Food

Twinkles Kay, Apple Butter

The Colorful Chameleon, Scottish foods

Masonic Underground Lounge

10:00 to 5:00 Masonic Marketplace – Theatre Underground Café

10:00 to Noon: English Pastries

21 Years & Older

12:30 pm to 5:00 pm  Heritage Beer Garden, Wine and Cidery

C&O Railway Heritage Center

CF Rescue Squad, Hot Dogs & Drinks

Dorothy White, Funnel Cakes, Kettle Chips, Fried Oreos

Homestead Creamery, Wirtz VA, Ice Cream



Masonic Amphitheatre Lawn

Blacksmithing, Copper Smithing, Tinsmithing, Basket Making, Allegheny Knappers, Tobacco Twists, Native American Flute-making, Natural Skin Care Products, Walking sticks, Pioneer Heritage Store, Honey Products Ukelele Demo, Spinning, Falconry, Troop 2 Scouting Demonstrations, Locally-Made Natural Skin Care Products,

Masonic Amphitheatre Lawn


Amphitheatre Lawn, “Under the Tent”

AH Genealogical Society, Clifton Forge High School Alumni, Clifton Forge Woman’s Club, Olde Town Covington, Alleghany Historical Society, Wrightsville Museum, Botetourt Historical Society, Bath County Historical Society, VFW Posts 4299 &1033

Clifton Forge School of the Arts

Woodworking, Pottery Studio, Glass Making Studio, Soap Making, Goat Creams & Products, Painted Barn Quilts Display, Silk Fusion, Soy Candles

Smith Creek Trail Entrance/ The Jungle

Green Hill Highlands Games Demo, Heritage Day Farm Animals, Peppa Pig, Harley Highland Cow, Zeus, the Guard Dog, Interactive Children’s Farm Animal Experience Virginia Master Naturalist Program– Alleghany Highlands Chapter: Learn or test your knowledge of raptors (Falcons, owls, Eagles) frequently seen in our area through beautiful photography and an interactive display, crafted by one of the Chapter members.