What Makes West Jefferson Special?

While other small towns have grown into cities or simply faded away, West Jefferson has remained the small town that is quintessential Americana.

Aside from the landscape and the fresh mountain air, stroll about town and discover what is so special about West Jefferson.

Long celebrated for the arts, the town has a designated arts district, featuring an array of interesting street murals, painted fire hydrants and other distinctive displays of arts and crafts. Florence Thomas Art School and Gallery is located in the heart of the arts district, downtown. There are numerous art galleries, boutiques, exceptional eateries, craft stores and workshops, antique shops, coffee and wine shops and a craft beer brewery.

Ashe County Cheese Factory, established in 1931, remains a vibrant fixture in the downtown community.

The art of making cheese is open to the public year round, and is free. The gift and cheese shop offers an enormous variety of cheeses and other locally made goodies including locally made wines and a large selection of jams and jellies.

The streets of West Jefferson are pedestrian friendly with attractive bump outs filled with green and flowering plants. There are comfortable benches throughout the town for those who wish to sit a spell and revel in the friendly mountain hospitality that makes our town so special.

We believe, if you enjoy the simple things in life, you can find it in and around West Jefferson, North Carolina.

Come join us. Everyone fits here.

Our Town


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