Have you always been a fan of supporting your local community arts scene while living in one of the most beautiful areas in the United States? When it comes down to it most folks retiring are looking for temperate weather, convenience and an arts and cultural scene. Throw in the beauty of being able to enjoy four solid seasons throughout the year and amazing people, you have the high country of North Carolina. More specifically, you have Ashe County.There are several benefits of retiring in Ashe County.
As with most of the High Country, Ashe County knows how to celebrate the arts and pay homage to Appalachian Mountain heritage arts such as weaving, painting, playing mountain music, mountain dance, and woodworking. You’ll find a thriving arts community where artists and their works are cherished and honored. Within the downtown area of West Jefferson, you can visit the Florence Art School, and several galleries, and boutiques that feature handmade goods from a variety of different artisans. The mountains serve as the perfect backdrop and landscape that inspires artists to create.
Within the county are two churches that feature frescoes painted by Ben Long, internationally known artist. You can visit both Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to see his various works of art. Ben Long was trained in the ancient art of painting frescoes and he completed four great works. The first was Mary Great with Child, followed by John the Baptist. The third was one that covers the entire sanctuary wall at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church named The Mystery of Faith. Later, he completed The Last Supper, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
In addition to the cultural heritage that lends itself to a thriving community, Ashe County is filled with places where you can enjoy the outdoors and get some fresh mountain air. The Blue Ridge Parkway winds its way through the county, and several rivers, including The New River, create rich environments for gardening, and activities like fishing and canoeing. There is an abundance of natural beauty to enjoy when you retire to Ashe County, North Carolina.
If you are searching for a cabin in the mountains, consider looking within our area. We would love to show you around and help you find the mountain cabin that you have always dreamed about retiring to. Give us a call today to discuss your options.