PO Box 104, The Plains, VA 20198

News & Events

09.09.2015 COME TO THE PLAINS COMMUNITY CENTER TO SHARE STORIES, PICTURES, DIARIES, ETC. AND HELP PRESERVE OUR RICH HISTORY What stories can you tell of life in The Plains as it was; 20 years ago, 50 years ago, 100 years ago?

Come to The Plains Community Center to share stories, pictures, diaries, etc. and help preserve our rich history.

Saturday, September 12th, 19th and 26th - 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

For additional information or questions, contact Henry Rust at: henryrustdesign@gmail.com
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09.07.2015 5th ANNUAL VILLAGE SCARECROW CONTEST Register now to enter your scarecrow in the 5th annual village scarecrow contest: click here to read more »
09.07.2015 WAKEFIELD 5K RUN, 1-MILE WALK & KIDS FUN RUN Register now for the race. click here to read more »
09.05.2015 OCTOBER EVENTS - 5th ANNUAL SCARECROW CONTEST, WAKEFIELD 5K & MORE! Design your own scarecrow - the wackier, the better! Prizes awarded for:
The Scariest
The Funniest
The Most Creative
The Peoples Choice
Scarecrow entries must be up for judging no later than October 7th. Public voting runs October 10th to the 30th. Winners will be notified and posted on The Plains, Virginia merchants website as well as this website. Non-residents are encouraged to participate and welcome to place scarecrows on the front lawn of The Community House on Main Street. For more information, call 540-253-9797 or visit The Plains Virginia merchants website: www.theplainsvirginia.com

Contest kick-off is on October 10th from 11AM - 2PM.

Fun activities are planned by our merchants, chefs and sponsors. Sponsors are Mark Ohrstom & Larkspur Services, Inc. and Canopy, Inc.

The annual Wakefield 5K Run will take place on October 10th. Register now to run. Registration is at 8:00 AM. Race starts at 9:00 AM on October 10th. Register at: www.wakefiekd5k.itsyourrace.com/register/

A Haunted House at the Plains Service Center located on Bragg Street will be held October 31st starting at 5:30 PM.

Scary Puppet Making Classes are planned at ZigZag Gallery from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on October 10th. Zig Zag Gallery is located on Main Street.

Face Painting is planned at "Live an Artful Life" Gallery from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on October 10th.

An Art Show will be held from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Youngblood Art Studio located just off of Main Street with an Art Reception in the evening.

Bring your dirty car or truck to The Plains for the day. The Wakefield Track Team will be hosting a car wash from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Visit our shops and restaurants then vote for your favorite scarecrow while your car is cleaned!

Take a walk around town. Vote for your favorite scarecrow. Pick up voting ballots at our shops and restaurants. Place you completed ballot in the boxes located in our shops and restaurants. Shop and dine locally. Support local business.
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03.17.2015 STREET PARKING STREET PARKING - Parking is free everywhere in town. Main Street parking is limited in the "downtown" area. Please keep in mind that Main Street is a place where visitors and residents both shop and live. If you plan to park for a long period of time, for a bike ride in the country or to meet up with friends for some winery tours, please be considerate of others. Park in an area away from our Main Street shops or directly in front of a home. Learn to share and be considerate of the limited "downtown" Main Street parking with no meters. While here, take time to get out of your car or off of your bike and enjoy the shops and restaurants we have to offer. Stay a while, get to know our shopkeepers and chefs. Why not shop or have a bite to eat. Enjoy our small town charm. Support our local business.

BICYCLE CLUBS AND RIDERS - If you are visiting our town to meet for a group ride, please take time to visit our shops and restaurants. For long-term parking over two hours you should park off of Main Street. The best place to park is on Stuart Street along the fence at the Railroad. Thank you.
08.21.2014 CLEAR YOUR SIDEWALK It is important to keep our school-aged children safe. Don't make them walk on the street. Remember to keep your sidewalk clear. Please trim weeds and over grown shrubs along your sidewalk so that everyone can walk in a safe place. If you are walking in an area without sidewalks, always walk facing traffic.
04.05.2014 REGISTER TO VOTE Voter Registration Information:

Location to register to vote:
County of Fauquier
Office of the General Registrar
32 Waterloo Street, Suite 207
Warrenton, VA 20186-3238
Tel. (540) 422-8290
Normal Hours of Operation: 8:00AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday (excepting holidays and certain deadline dates)
03.05.2014 HISTORIC DISTRICT NOMINATION NOW POSTED FOR REVIEW The application document for the historic district nomination is now posted on the Virginia Department of Historic Resources Webpage. Click on the link then go to the bottom of the page and click on The Plains Historic District, Fauquier County or the Photos and Map. click here to read more »
02.13.2014 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HISTORIC DISTRICT DESIGNATION Here is a link to some frequently asked questions about the historic district designation. click here to read more »
01.31.2014 TAXES, LICENSES & VEHICLE DECALS DUE DATES MARCH 2015 - Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes are mailed on December 1st each year and are due by March 15th. After March 15th, there is a 5% penalty; after June 30th, 6% interest is applied.

APRIL 2015 - Business Licenses are mailed on April 1st each year and are due by May 15th. After May 15th there is a 10% penalty.

MARCH 2015 - Town Vehicle Decals go on sale in February each year and are to be placed on vehicles by March 15th.

Zoning Permits will not be processed until all taxes and license fees are current.
12.05.2013 SLOW DOWN - WATCH FOR CHILDREN Slow down! Our children are back to school. Be extra careful while driving in town. Keep your speed down. Keep our children safe. Stop for school any school bus that is stopped for our children.

The Town Council has asked for extra help from the Fauquier County Sheriffs Department to enforce the speed limit. Slow down! Fines are doubled in town.
12.05.2013 OCTOBER 2015 TOWN MEETINGS TOWN COUNCIL - The Town Council meets on the third Monday of each month. The next meeting will be held on Second floor of The Plains Fire Department on Loudoun Avenue on October 19, 2015. The Town Council agenda has a spot for "Citizen Comments" for any citizen to address the Council without prior notice.

PLANNING COMMISSION - A SPECIAL PLANNING COMMISSION WORK SESSION WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2015 AT 6:00 PM IN THE FIRE HALL, SECOND FLOOR. THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS TO REVIEW THE ZONING ORDINANCE UPDATES. The Planning Commission meets on the forth Monday of each month. The next regular Planning Commission meeting will be held on October 26, 2015. Meetings are held in the Fire Hall, second floor.

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD (ARB) - THE ARB WIL NOT MEET IN OCTOBER. The ARB meets on the first Monday of each month in the Community Center. The next regular monthly ARB meeting is November 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held in the Community Center located on Main Street.

BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS (BZA) - Meets on an "as need" basis.

PARKS BOARD - Meets on an "as need" basis.

These regular meetings may be cancelled or rescheduled from time to time. Check with us at the town office 540-364-4945. Go to the "Contact" page of this website for more information. Copies of permits and applications are provided on this website for your use.
10.13.2013 1967 FIRE REMEMBERED A 1967 fire is remembered in this video provided to the town recently. The video is posted on You Tube and is narrated by the former Fire Chief. click here to read more »
12.12.2012 SMALL TOWN CHARM Support our shops & restaurants. Our Main Street shopkeepers, chefs and staff love what they do. Small town charm everyday just for you. Park you car. Enjoy a walk around town. We have lots to do and see in The Plains. Shop local! click here to read more »

Welcome to The Plains, Virginia

Come join us for our 5th Annual Village Scarecrow Contest and Wakefield 5K run (plus fun run and 1-mile walk) in October. We have lots of activities planned for you and your family thanks to all of our local shop keepers and restaurant chefs.  The scarecrow contest will kick-off on October 10th, the same day as the 5K Run and fun run/walk.  Everyone can come and enjoy this event filled day. Bring your entire family for the race, have lunch and spend the day. Our artists, chefs and shopkeepers have face painting, special shop treats, a haunted house, puppet making, an art show and reception and so many activities that I can't list them all.  We will even have a car wash to support the Wakefield School Track Team that day.

Our website is designed with you, our residents and our many visitors, in mind. We hope you'll find your visit here valuable and informative, and hope that you will find what you're looking for.

Take time to visit our shops and restaurants. Slow down and enjoy your time with us. Relax. Our shopkeepers and chefs can't wait to see you again.  Everything is within easy walking distance. Just park your car and enjoy a peaceful stroll on Main Street in The Plains.  Why not come visit us this weekend. We would like to see you.  We are a nationally recognized historic community with plenty of small town charm. Come on by and get to know us.

The images shown here are just some of the many sent to us from last years race and scarecrow contest. Register for the scarecrow contest and 5K race today.  The contest and race start October 10th.  Scarecrows will be displayed during October.  Stop in one of our shops or restaurants to pick up a ballot for the contest; take a healthy, relaxing walk around town; cast your vote for your favorite scarecrow.  Help support our local business and have some fun.

See you on Main Street.

Mayor Robert "Bob" L. Gurtler

(AKA for the day:"BATMAN" - Run, run, running...)