West Jefferson is loaded with things to see and do. Our most popular attractions include the only cheese plant in North Carolina, with a viewing room where you can see the cheese being made as well as the ever popular St. Mary’s Episcopal Church containing 3 of Ben Long’s frescos.
West Jefferson has a bustling downtown Arts District with lots of art galleries and studios featuring local and regional artists’. Throughout the summer and again at the holiday season, the famed Gallery Crawls are an opportunity for folks to stroll the streets of downtown and visit the many galleries and meet the artists in a casual open house event. The Ashe County Arts Council showcases local artists’ work with rotating exhibits and special events throughout the year. Also, West Jefferson is the site of 15+ murals that create a walking tour throughout downtown reflecting the area’s history and unique mountain character. And don’t miss all the painted fire hydrants and pedestals scattered around town.
We may be a small town, but we have a lot going on in downtown West Jefferson! Free summer concerts on the backstreet, a weekly Saturday and Wednesday farmers’ market, monthly gallery crawls, one of the biggest arts & crafts festivals in the high country, an antique festival, little theatre performances, annual holiday events and more!