Ashe County Cheese is North Carolina’s largest cheese manufacturer, located just 25 miles northeast of downtown Boone, in another historic town called West Jefferson. This local landmark produces more than 40,000 pounds of cheese every week, but not just one cheese. They produce 20 different varieties.
Ashe County and Jefferson are both historic by name. The County is named after the first Governor of North Carolina (Samuel Ashe) and the city after the third President of the United States (Thomas Jefferson). This cheese business started in 1930. While that may not be historic in the realm of Ashe and Jefferson, it is remarkable for the town of West Jefferson.