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New River Canoeing!
Hiking in the High Country!
Ola Belle Reed Festival!
August Calendar of Events!
Ashe County Fiddlers Convention!
Ashe County Parks & Recreation Annual 4th of July Celebration!
Christmas In July
Whitetop Mountain, Virginia
New River Canoe Race!
Golf Courses in the NC Mountains
Backstreet Park Concerts in West Jefferson NC
Mountain Biking Trails!
West Jefferson NC Gallery Crawl
Zip Lining in the High Country!
Stonebridge Community Todd, NC
Grayson Highands State Park
Florence Thomas, Ashe County
Tips for Making a Offer - Once You Have Found Your Dream Home!
All Things High Country!
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Fresco Paintings in West Jefferson NC

The Frescoes Paintings in West Jefferson NC and the Frescoes in Glendale Springs NC are a major tourist attraction, and very important to the region's economy. Those who do visit Ashe County NC for the frescoes typically include visits to our art galleries, restaurants, shops, and the famous Ashe County Cheese Factory here in West Jefferson NC.

During the 1970s, internationally renowned fresco artist Ben Long created these magnificent works of art in two small antique churches here in Ashe County NC. Each is significant to the Christian community. His first frescoes was done in Saint Mary's Episcopal Church on the southwestern side of West Jefferson NC. There you will see his image of Mary Great with Child, John the Baptist, and The Mystery of Faith. A few years later he created a life-size depiction of the Last Supper at the Holy Trinity Church in Glendale Springs NC. 

Thousands of people visit the frescoes each year both for their religious significance and because they are beautiful works of art. Many have visited numerous times. And for those of us who have the privilege of living in Ashe County, we go often because it is a favorite place to take out of town family and friends.

The Ashe County Frescoes Foundation was created by community members for the purpose of protecting and preserving these works of art. The organization was established as a North Carolina nonprofit corporation with a board of directors - a majority of whom cannot be members of the Episcopal congregation. Donations can be made to the organization and are used only for expenses related to these unique and great works of art.

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High Country News

New River Canoeing!
The New River in North Carolina meanders through Ashe County. The South Fork begins in Boone, NC and the North Fork starts atop Elk Knob and flows into Ashe County NC where the two rivers converge. The New River NC waters in Ashe County are calm and slow flowing making it perfect for New River Canoeing, floating, and tubing. In Todd, NC there are numerous places to put in your canoe in for Canoeing The... click here for more

Hiking in the High Country!
Ashe County is home to both the New River State Park and Mount Jefferson State Park. Both parks contain excellent hiking, canoeing, fishing and mountain biking opportunities and are favorite spots among residents and visitors of Ashe and Alleghany County. The New River State Park has a handful of great hiking trails, namely the Spur Trail, Farmhouse Loop trail, Fern Nature Trail, Running Cedar Trail and the Hickory Trail. However, because the New River is... click here for more

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