PO Box 104, The Plains, VA 20198

News & Events

05.22.2016 JOINT PUBIC HEARING A Joint Public Hearing will be held by the Council and Planning Commission of The Town of The Plains, VA at 7:00 P. M. on June 20, 2016 in the second floor meeting room of The Plains Fire Department, 4260 Loudoun Avenue, The Plains, VA., to consider the Request of Celeste T. Adams Trust, P.O. Box B, The Plains, VA 20198 for the subdivision of the property located at 6536 Main Street, Tax Map ID # 6989-87-2868-000, into two parcels.

A copy of the application is available for review during their regular business hours at the Fauquier County Library, 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall, VA. or by contacting the Town of The Plains, PO Box 104, The Plains, VA 20198, Phone/Fax (540) 364-4945.

The Town of The Plains does not discriminate on basis of handicapped status in an issue of access to its programs and activities. Accommodations will be made for handicapped persons upon prior request.

Nancy E. Brady
05.15.2016 SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ART GALLERY FRAMING FOR ARTISTS with Linda & Tom Neel, June 16, 6:30 - 8:30

Artists, as painters, often the necessary evil is framing. But framing is not only an important part of presentation, it's a functional part of protecting and hanging your artwork and unfortunately many artists do it incorrectly. In this workshop artists will learn the simple tools and proper do-it-yourself techniques and materials of framing. Learn not only what hardware to use, but the proper placement of it. Learn the best hanging wire and the proper framing knot to use and why. These techniques will put you on the good side of gallery and art show managers and insure safety when installing your art in a collector's home.

Presenters: Linda Neel is an artist, gallery owner and Certified Professional Picture Framer. She opened the first art gallery in Leesburg, VA in 1984 and became known for her distinctive custom framing. Acclaimed artist and gallery owner, Tom Neel has 28 years of experience in the framing and art business. Clients always comment on his choice of beautiful framing and how it enhances his original paintings.

Cost: $35, register at Live An Artful Life Session to be held at Live An Artful Life Gallery, 6474 Main Street, The Plains, VA 20198, 540-253-9797

THE CREATIVE CYCLE with Tom Neel, June 23, 2016, 6:30 - 8:30PM

While we are born uninhibited by creativity, for many, time and adult responsibilities eventually become a hurtle to creative expression. One which brings the fear of achieving less than desirable results and a "which way do I go and where do I begin" mentality. Many retired business professionals and baby boomers especially, wish to visit the fun of their youth. That unabashed smile side of life! With a lifetime of creative experience and nearly three decades as a professional artist, Tom Neel is about to hand you the keys to unlock the inner creative you!

Presenter: Acclaimed artist, Tom Neel is also a published writer, author, consultant, public speaker and photographer. He has worked with artists, teachers and business leaders to foster creativity through all age groups.

Cost: $35, register at Live An Artful Life Session to be held at Live An Artful Life Gallery, 6474 Main Street, The Plains, VA 20198, 540-253-9797

FEATHERS, PETALS AND SLIDERS, by Linda Hendrickson, June 8 - 26, Painting demonstration on June 11, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, Show Reception June 12, 3 - 5 PM. This solo show will feature the fun colorful mixed media artwork of Virginia artist Linda Hendrickson. Don’t miss the painting demonstration where you can meet, watch and talk with Linda while she is painting. For more information, please visit Live An Artful Life, 6474 Main Street, The Plains VA 20198, 540-253-9797
02.22.2016 TREASURER'S HOURS - MARCH 2016
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.
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 2016 - 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 2016 - Business Licenses are mailed on April 1st each year and are due by May 15th. After May 15th there is a 10% penalty.

MARCH 2016 - 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.

Nancy E. Brady, Treasurer - Town of The Plains, PO Box 104, The Plains, Virginia 20198. CALL 540-364-4945 with any questions.
12.05.2013 SLOW DOWN - WATCH FOR CHILDREN Slow down! Be extra careful while driving in town especially in the early evening at dusk. Keep your speed down. Keep our children safe. Stop for 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 MAY 2016 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 June 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM. The Town Council agenda has a spot for "Citizen Comments" for any citizen to address the Council without prior notice.

PUBLIC HEARING - JOINT TOWN COUNCIL AND PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING: A joint meeting is scheduled to hear the request of the C.Adams Trust for the division of land. The meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, June 20, 2016 at the Fire Hall.

PLANNING COMMISSION - NOTICE: THE MAY REGULAR MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION IS CANCELED. The Planning Commission meets on the forth Monday of each month. The next regular Planning Commission meeting will be held on June 27, 2016 at 7:30 PM. Meetings are held in the Fire Hall, second floor.

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD (ARB) - The ARB meets on the first Monday of each month in the Community Center. The next regular monthly ARB meeting is June 6, 2016 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.

TRAFFIC CALMING COMMITTEE - Meets on an 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 your car. Enjoy a walk around town. We have lots to do and see in The Plains. Shop locally. click here to read more »

Welcome to The Plains, Virginia


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.  We are a nationally recognized historic community with plenty of small town charm. Come on by and get to know us.

Mayor Robert "Bob" L. Gurtler