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Ashe County Christmas Parade
West Jefferson 2014 Holiday Event Schedule!
Choose and Cut Christmas Festival!
Winter in the Blue Ridge Mountains!
Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farms Ashe County NC
Bluff Mountain Nature Preserve
Mt. Jefferson State Park - West Jefferson, North Carolina
Three Top Mountain NC
Shatley Springs Restaurant
November Happenings in Ashe County!
Grandfather Mountain
Who's Buying Real Estate in the High Country?
Florence Thomas Art School - West Jefferson NC
What Makes Ashe County Living So Special?
Mile High Swinging Bridge
Ashe County Corn Maze!
Wooly Worm Festival - Banner Elk NC
Fall is Upon Us Here in the High Country!
Todd New River Festival
Annual Festival of the Frescos!

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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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Ashe County Christmas Parade
Every year in November since the Second World War, downtown West Jefferson, NC has hosted a holiday parade. Local entries provide the excitement that has become a community tradition.    The parade is sponsored by Parker Tie Company, funded in part by The Town of West Jefferson and coordinated by the West Jefferson Lions Club. West Jefferson Lions Club members are busy coordinating plans for the parade to be held on South Jefferson Avenue in West Jefferson. The... click here for more

West Jefferson 2014 Holiday Event Schedule!
Here is a schedule with all the events for this 2014 Holiday Season in Downtown West Jefferson NC!            Be sure to come out and share in all the fun festivities! Support the businesses and shops in West Jefferson during the Holiday season! Shop Local! Since its incorporation in 1799, Ashe County has represented the best of what North Carolina has to offer. Ashe is the northwestern most County in the state, has a population of 27,000-plus,... click here for more

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