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Established in 1915, West Jefferson is a historic small town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
West Jefferson’s downtown area may be best known for its Arts District. Numerous art galleries and studios featuring local and regional artists’ work can be found here. West Jefferson is the site of 15 murals that create a walking tour throughout downtown. The murals were designed and painted by local artists reflecting the area’s history and unique mountain character. Another attraction in West Jefferson is the Fresco paintings by world famous artist Benjamin F. Long IV. These life size Fresco paintings are exquisite and will surely take your breath away. Ashe County Cheese in located in West Jefferson. Established in 1939, this cheese company is the oldest cheese plant in the Carolina’s and offers visitors a chance to watch cheese being made. West Jefferson is full of outdoor adventures. With the New River running through- there are lots of opportunities to fish, tube, kayak and more! The backdrop to West Jefferson, at elevations well over 4,000’, is scenic Mount Jefferson. Beginning as state park in 1956, Mount Jefferson is appealing for all ages because it features several walking/hiking trails, overlooks, picnic areas and interactive workshops. Mount Jefferson, now a State Natural Area, contains many unique and diverse trees, shrubs and wildflowers as well as many interesting and unique plants giving the mountain a national natural landmark designation from the National Park Service. West Jefferson is in Ashe County, NC- one of the largest producers of Christmas Trees anywhere! Ashe County
Ashe County has approximately 12,000 acres of Christmas trees in production amounting to approximately 20 million trees. It’s a great experience to go to one of the local farms during the Holiday Season to choose and cut your family tree.

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