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.