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NC High Country Frescoe Trail


NC High Country Frescoe Trail

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. 

St. Pauls Church Frescoe Wilkesboro NC

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 Frescoe Glendale Springs NC

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 Marys Frescoe West Jefferson NC

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.

Frescoe Crossnore School NC

Sloop Chapel
Crossnore NC

"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.