NC High Country Frescoe Trail
NC High Country Frescoe TrailN- Ben Long Frescoes at St Marys Church West Jefferson, Holy Trinity Church Glendale Springs, Crossnore School, Crossnore NC
In the 1970's, Ben Long painted frescoes in small mountain churches throughout the NC High Country. Ben Long, a native of North Carolina, apprenticed in Florence, Italy, under Maestro Pietro Annigoni for nearly eight years. He has completed more than a dozen frescoes paintings in North Carolina, as well as his commissions in France and Italy.
1849 St. Paul's Episcopal Church Frescoe
Downtown Wilkesboro NC
Two frescoes depicting St. Paul the Apostle’s time of conversion and while writing the Epistles in prison can be found here.
You can pop in at any time the church is open and view the frescoes. Please call for guided tours one week in advance.
Holy Trinity Church Frescoe
Glendale Springs NC
The Last Supper is depicted in this small mountain church. There is a 23/7 audio description and history of the frescoe that you can push a button to play when you enter the church.
There are a few smaller practice frescoes located in the basement level of the church as well.
INSIDER TIP: Visit the Trading Post on the Blue Ridge Parkway, located less than a mile away, and grab a few sandwhiches for a picnic lunch before you visit the church. There is a great place for a picnic on the church grounds.
St Mary's Church Frescoe
West Jefferson NC
In St. Mary's Church your will find: "Mary Great with Child," "John the Baptist" and "Mystery of Faith." There is a button on the wall you can push as you enter the church to hear a short description of the frescoes and their meanings.
The church is always open to the public and is free of charge with donations accepted.
"Suffer the Children" can be found in Sloop Chapel. Located on the grounds of the Crossnore School for Children, this fresco is appropriately named. Children from the school and the painter's family served as models for this inspirational piece.