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West Jefferson Town

West Jefferson Town Hall is located at 1 South Jefferson Avenue, West Jefferson SC 28694; phone: 336-246-3551.

Beginnings [1]

West Jefferson was incorporated as a city in 1915 and it is the second-oldest incorporated town in Ashe County. For many decades West Jefferson was served by the Norfolk and Western Railroad, better known as the "Virginia Creeper". The railroad was the primary reason for the creation of the Town of West Jefferson. With the decline of the railroad business and the loss of textile factory jobs to foreign markets, West Jefferson's economy becomes increasingly devoted to the tourism industry—one of the largest attractions being West Jefferson's arts district. Tourists can take the downtown walking tour to see eight large wall murals depicting the area's history and unique mountain character. West Jefferson also has the distinction of having the only cheese factory in the state.

  1. Town of West Jefferson, North Carolina, Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan, 2010,, accessed May, 2012.
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