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Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farms Ashe County NC
Choose and Cut Christmas Festival!
Winter in the Blue Ridge Mountains!
Ashe County Christmas Parade
West Jefferson 2014 Holiday Event Schedule!
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!
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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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Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farms Ashe County NC
The Ashe County Christmas Tree Association is an association of family farmers in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains that specialize in growing the King of Christmas Trees... the Magnificent Fraser Fir.       The Fraser Fir is highly prized all around the country because of its aroma, shape, dark green color, excellent needle retention and strong branches capable of carrying heavy ornaments.  Whenever you feel those cool mornings and evenings you know fall is not far away.  In... click here for more

Choose and Cut Christmas Festival!
Be sure to check out the Choose and Cut Christmas Festival on November 29th at  the National Guard Armory in Jefferson, NC!   Bring the kids to see Santa Claus and pick up supplies for Christmas decorating and do some Christmas shopping! Fun for All Ages!!  Ashe County and the city of West Jefferson North Carolina are some of the most beautiful regions of the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.  With excellent Ashe County Schools NC and... click here for more

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