Local Arts and Crafts

Local Arts and Crafts

Ashe Arts Council

The Ashe Arts Center in downtown West Jefferson features local artist’s work in the Gallery Shop and offers changing visual arts exhibits, and frequent concerts. The arts center also houses the offices of the Ashe County Arts Council. The Ashe Civic Center is a county owned facility managed by the Ashe County Arts Council. The building is home to the Ashe County Little Theatre and is a venue for programming by the Arts Council. The large stage and three hundred seat auditorium are great for musical events, performing arts events and community happenings. The facility is available for rental by community members, businesses, individuals and touring artists.


303 School Ave.
West Jefferson, NC
M-F 9am-5pm
Sat 10am-4pm (April-December)

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Museum of Ashe County History

Museum of Ashe County History

Who We Are

The Museum of Ashe County History, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic 1904 Ashe County Courthouse building as a county heritage museum for visitors of all ages.

The objects, documents, and images we collect and display help answer the questions:
Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get here? What did we do on the way?
We think this will help us find good answers to another question: Where do we go from here?


Moonshine & Music

Ore Knob Mine

Virginia Creeper

Medical & Pharmacy

Veterans Hall of Honor

Ashe’s First Century

Local Furniture

Sports Hall of Fame

Timber Industry

Native Americans

Museum Hours: 10AM – 4PM Monday-Saturday


Museum of Ashe County History

301 East Main Street
Jefferson, NC 28640

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Church of the Frescoes

We welcome visitors to view our Ben Long frescoes and hope you will also join us for worship services. We are an inclusive community of diverse backgrounds, united by our love for God and each other.

Holy Trinity
195 J.W. Luke Road
West Jefferson NC

In 1980 Ben Long painted the fresco “The Lord’s Supper” behind the Altar at Holy Trinity. Long and 20 of his students spent three months completing the fresco while the church was still undergoing renovations. Area residents began taking an interest in what was taking place and were supportive of the work. The churches of the community (regardless of denomination) offered to feed the artists – creating a bit of competition for the best meal served. Local people served as models for all the biblical figures except the waiting maid, Judas, Thomas, and Christ. Benjamin F. Long was the model for Thomas. In a scrip at the right of the foot-washing bowl, Benjamin F. Long painted a dedication to his father, who died just as the fresco was being completed.

The Last Supper

St. Mary’s
400 Beaver Creek School Road
West Jefferson, NC

In the spring of 1972, Father J. Faulton Hodge met the artist, Benjamin F. Long (Ben), at the home of Phillip Moose, a prominent artist in Blowing Rock. Mr. Moose and Father hodge discussed for 15 minutes the plan of Mr. Long building the fresco for free. In spring of 1974 Ben contacted Father. Hodge, saying that he was ready to do the fresco they had discussed.

In the summer of 1976 Ben returned to paint John the Baptist. The Mystery of Faith was done in the summer of 1977. It is said that Ben never quit working on the fresco even during the middle of church. He did stop to accept communion but then went right back to work

The Mystery of Faith

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Saloon Studios

Saloon Studios

Live music venue and recording studio located in West Jefferson, North Carolina! State of the Art recording gear with video capabilities.

Enjoy a live music event in the saloon or record on the main stage! We have video capabilities for all sessions.


Saloon Studios

313 Old West Road
West Jefferson, North Carolina
(336) 877-2374

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Blue Ridge Theater & Event Center

The Secret Garden

Continuing the great tradition of bringing family-friendly entertainment to the High Country. Formerly the Blue Ridge Dinner theater, the venue came under new management in August of 2018. The new owner, Steve Mochen, has been working tirelessly to make a great venue location even better. Check back for new performers and some major events that will be hosted by the Blue Ridge Theater & Event Center.

Blue Ridge Theater & Event Center
9331 NC HWY 16 S West Jefferson, North Carolina, 28694

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