West Jefferson a "Great Place" in NC
March 29, 2015, 7:38pm
One of the many wonderful towns within the High Country was recently honored as a Great Place in North Carolina, as chosen by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association.
In describing how West Jefferson was chosen, the APA-NC mentioned both the history and small-town character of the community.
West Jefferson plays host to visitors all year long and hospitality is the town’s business. During the holidays, the town is alive with shoppers and every car in town is donned with a Christmas tree. Ashe County is the top producer of trees in the country and people come to get one fresh. In fall, people come to enjoy the changing colors of the trees. You can experience the color on any number of hiking trails but the same view can be found on Jefferson Ave. The Centennial Celebration this year also hopes to draw the community in and those that have called West Jefferson home. Jefferson Ave was made a great place because of the work ethic and community spirit that went into the town. Planning played a key role in laying out the town’s vision of a safe and attractive downtown. These well laid plans became a reality as the town worked with NCDOT and other stakeholders to slow traffic and improve pedestrian access in town.
West Jefferson indeed has a great downtown, one very friendly to browsing on foot.