West Jefferson

Arts & Americana

Influenced by the Vistor's Guide

As the most densely populated part of Ashe County (with a whopping 1,081 poeple), West Jefferson is a quaint town with almost 20 art galleries, plenty of shops and an old-time atmosphere reminiscent of the 1950s. Orginally a major stop on the Northwestern Railroad, West Jefferson is now a quiet town popular for tourists and vactioners seeking a mountain escape.

The community is very focused on arts and crafts and the natural beauty of the surrounding area is defintely the inspiration. Rolling hills, peaceful rivers and miles and miles of trees surround the small, yet virbrant downtown.

Walking through town, you'll notice several murals, art galleries and shops with locally made crafts. A particularly notable attention for arts appreciators are the Churches of the Frescoes-three churches in the are featuring full-wall paintings are part of a longer trail of churches that extends further east into North Carolina.

Many events take place throughout the year to celebrate the heritage of West Jefferson, including twice weekly farmers market ( Wednesdays and Saturdays), during which the local farmers and crafts people sell their wares from pick-up trucks and the town comes alive with activity. The most famous even in twon is the Christmas in July Festival. Featuring live music, crafts from local artisans, food and great family atmosphere, it is one of the High Country's most highly-attended events.

Of course, adventuring through the outdoors is the most popular activity in and around West Jefferson. Explore what is believed to be one of the oldest rivers in North America- The New River. Slow waters, fertile banks and wildflowers make New River State Park ideal for canoeing, fishing, camping and hiking around the beautiful outdoor sanctuary. A day's hike along the New River followed by a stroll through West Jefferson's quaint downtown could possibly be the quintessential High County day!

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