Archaeological properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places include the Shubal Alexander and Brinegar archaeological districts. More than 200 sites--both historic and prehistoric--are known to exist in Ashe County.
The county was surveyed at the reconnaissance level as part of the New River Study in 1976.
In 1995 Ashe County received a state appropriation of $15,000 for preservation of the Ashe County Courthouse. A 1996 federal grant of $3,000 was also awarded for the courthouse.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
Thirteen National Register listings include the Ashe County Courthouse and the Grassy Creek Historic District, the first rural National Register district in the state.
PRESERVATION TAX CREDITS
The North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office reviewed and provided restoration technical services for renovation of the John W. Tucker House, an income-producing tax credit project in Tuckerdale, which has been completed at a total construction investment of $15,000.
The Historic Preservation Office has provided technical restoration assistance to the (former) Lansing High School and the West Jefferson Community Center. The Old Ashe County Courthouse receives regular technical assistance while it is undergoing exterior restoration. Staff has provided detailed recommendations for the rehabilitation of buildings in downtown West Jefferson and also in the community of Todd as part of studies of community resources co-sponsored by Handmade in America.