Clifton, Virginia

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This article is about the incorporated town of Clifton. For surrounding areas, see the article on Fairfax County, Virginia

Clifton is a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States located 25.74 miles (41.42 km) away from Washington, D.C. In 2000, the population was 185.



Colonial Era

Pre-Colonial Era

Before the arrival of European settlers, the present-day Clifton area was part of hunting grounds used by Algonkian, Powhatan, and Dogue tribes. Tribal lands were scattered from Clifton to the nearby Occoquan, Virginia river. The area was a flood plain at the time, unlike the forested terrain that currently surrounds Clifton.

Settling in Clifton

European settlers created the first nearby port settlement in the mid 1610s near the present-day Dumfries-Triangle area. Throughout the rest of the 17th century, plantations were built throughout modern-day Fairfax County.

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