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History of West Jefferson 

West Jefferson developed around the Virginia-Carolina Railroad depot in the early 1900s. Before the railroad and the resulting town, a few families lived in the valley known for its cherry tree orchards.  The valley is located between Mount Jefferson to the east and Paddy Mountain to the west.  The first ownership of the valley that would become West Jefferson began in 1779 when North Carolina's Governor Richard Caswell granted three hundred twenty acres to Colonel Ben Cleveland, who battled the British at King's Mountain.

Charter 

​One hundred twenty years after Colonel Cleveland's land grant, the West Jefferson Land Company surveyed the new town and fixed its limits as a square one-half mile north, south, east and west of the Virginia-Carolina Depot.  The North Carolina General Assembly chartered the Town of West Jefferson in 1915.

​Early Development 

​The railroad carried mostly freight, which brought West Jefferson's initial commercial growth.  Another prime factor in West Jefferson's early development occurred with the opening of the First National Bank of West Jefferson in 1915.  West Jefferson's Town Hall occupies the bank's branch office built in 1962.  


Government 

​The Town of West Jefferson operates at the direction of a five-member Board of Aldermen.  The Mayor and Aldermen are elected to four-year, staggered terms.  The Board appoints the Town Attorney and Town Manager.

Board of Aldermen:

  • Dale Baldwin, Mayor
  • Brett Summey, Mayor Pro Tem
  • Calvin Green, Alderman
  • Jerry C. McMillan, Alderman
  • John K. Reeves. Alderman
  • Stephen Shoemaker, Alderman


Town Attorney:  David Paletta


Town Manager: Brantley Price - admin@townofwj.com

Town Hall Staff:
Rebecca Eldreth, Town Clerk and Human Resources Officer - clerk@townofwj.com
Heather Holdaway, Town Finance Officer - finance@townofwj.com
Teresa McCoy, Accounting Technician - custsvc@townofwj.com
Jeff Rose, Chief of Police - chiefofpolice@skybest.com

Code of Ordinances:

The Town of West Jefferson compiled various ordinances that apply to the Town and can be found by clicking here.  

​Town Services:


Benefits provided by town government to residents include water, sewer and garbage service, snow removal on town streets, street maintenance, public safety (police and fire protection), recycling center, community development (planning and zoning), a town-owned cemetery available to residents, sidewalks connecting the residential areas to downtown and a free public park maintained by the town featuring playground equipment, a lighted paved walking trail, tennis courts and picnic shelters. 


Town Meetings:

The Board of Aldermen hold regular meetings every first Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall.  Special meetings may be called with forty-eight hours public notice or may be scheduled during regular meetings.  Public notice is given by posting the notice of a special meeting on Town Hall's front door. The public is welcome to attend the Board of Aldermen's meetings.Amendments must receive the Planning Board's recommendation either for approval/disapproval prior to going to the Board of Aldermen for their approval/disapproval. The public is welcome to attend the Planning Board's meetings. Minutes from town meetings are available by clicking here.