Considered the heart of Ashe County, West Jefferson rests in the valley between Mount Jefferson and Paddy Mountain. This thriving community began developing in the early 1900s, and was officially incorporated in 1915. As a major stop along Northwestern Railroad, locally known as “The Virginia Creeper”, the town experienced an economic boom and grew as a central business district of the surrounding areas. The train stopped running 1977 but West Jefferson found strength in industrial roots and continued to blossom with the growth of a bustling downtown and arts district.
West Jefferson is now home to Ashe County Cheese, a hotspot for tourists, a robust Farmer’s Market, and seasonal monthly art gallery crawls. There are several festivals keeping the area vibrant and fun, along with a healthy selection of shopping and dining options sure to please any visitor!