Welcome to the Towns of Ashe County

Glendale Springs: Nestled between the South Fork of the New River and the Blue Ridge Parkway can be found the quaint community of Glendale Springs. It is more than a highlight of visitor trips to Ashe County; it is a place of tranquil enchantment to those who chose to linger in the solitude of its Hold Trinity Church, on or two Churches of the Frescoes within Ashe County. Lending a religious aura to the community is an artistic treasure: Ben Long's "Last Supper" frescoes. This life-sized depiction is permanently enshrined in The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Glendale Springs: visit, shop, canoe the New River, and dine in luxurious surroundings. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and be renewed for a lifetime.

Jefferson: The Town of Jefferson, our county seat, established in 1800 and chartered in 1803, is on of the oldest towns in Western North Carolina. Jefferson is home to the 1904 Courthouse, which was replaced with a modern facility in 2001. The vacated 1904 courthouse has been renovated to provide space for a visitor?s center, a museum and other appropriate entities to reveal the culture and history of Jefferson and Ashe County in earlier times. Also enjoy Foster-Tyson Park and several local restaurants.

Lansing: The Lansing municipality, located in the mountainous northwestern section of the county, is rich with memories and history. The first post office for the unincorporated community of Lansing was established in 1882. It served a primarily rural community made up of a village and outlying farms until the railroad came in 1914. The arrival of the Norfolk and Western Railroad triggered a boom, which culminated in the town's being chartered and incorporated in 1928. A community bucket brigade was able to save part of the town. After a second major fire in the 1940s, the community started a fire department. Today there are many interesting things to do in Lansing, including the Ola Belle Reed Festival in August and the Greater Lansing Area Festival, held each September.

Todd: Mountain music and historic stores are an important part of Todd's heritage and culture. Todd features the Todd Inland Park and the Walker and Annie Cook Memorial Park. Shop at the Todd General Store, the Todd Mercantile & other shops, ride a bike along Railroad Grade Road, listen to the music or visit one of Todd's festivals, such as the New River Festival held in October.

West Jefferson: West Jefferson's downtown area futures more than a dozen galleries, craft shops, and restaurants. The town hosts numerous murals that provide a "walking tour." The murals are the works of local artists and others in North Carolina that depict the area's history and unique character. The other Church of the Frescoes resides in West Jefferson: St. Mary?s Episcopal Church hosts three Ben Long frescoes. Christmas In July is our annual Independence Day weekend celebration. The downtown festival, which draws more than 20,000 visitors, has it roots in the local Christmas tree industry.

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