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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!
Brushy Mountain Apple Festival
October's Calendar of Events!
Boondocks and The Brew Haus In West Jefferson, NC
West Jefferson Welcomes The Quilt Square Girls!
Grayson Highlands Fall Festival
Ashe County Christmas Parade
Greater LA Festival
Ashe County's Barn Quilt Tours
Blue Ridge Brutal Bike Race!
Alpacas Farm in the High Country!
August Real Estate Sales!
West Jefferson NC Gallery Crawl
New River Canoeing!
Hiking in the 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.

While visiting the frescoes or any of the attractions Ashe County has to offer come by A1 Mountain Realty and let the expert Ashe County NC Realtors show you Homes for Sale in Western North Carolina or Land for Sale in Western North Carolina. Whatever your need Ellen or Gwen can help you find that perfect piece of Ashe County Real Estate you have been dreaming of.




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Mile High Swinging Bridge
A true landmark of a pioneering spirit, the Mile High Swinging Bridge welcomes all visitors to admire 360-degree panoramic views from Grandfather Mountain. The Mile High Swinging Bridge was built to give visitors easy access to the breathtaking view from Grandfather Mountain’s Linville Peak.    The 228-foot suspension bridge spans an 80-foot chasm at more than one mile in elevation. Surveys show that the journey to the other side is always considered the highlight of a trip... click here for more

Ashe County Corn Maze!
The Ashe County Corn Maze is located in the mountains of Northwestern North Carolina, only a short drive from the Jefferson's. Find your way thru the Corn Maze, play a variety of games and win prizes or just jump in the Castle Inflatable. They also have a smaller hay bale maze and playground for the little ones.                            The corn maze can take anywhere from 25 minutes to 45 minutes to hours if you like! There are six "stations" in the... click here for more

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