The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Ben Long Frescoes

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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    Located in Glendale Springs, Holy Trinity Church features the famous frescoes of Ben Long (Fresco of the Lord’s Supper) and Jeffrey Mims (Fresco of Christ’s Departure) and other assorted artworks. St. Mary’s Church in nearby West Jefferson also features Long’s Frescoes of the Mystery of Faith, Mary Great With Child, and John the Baptist.
   Fresco painting is an art form based on the immediate application of pigment to wet plaster. It is an ancient art form, with many outstanding examples still existing in European churches. The work in Glendale Springs and West Jefferson was completed 1970-80 by Ben Long and his students. The marvelous luminous beauty of the frescoes attracts approximately 80,000 visitors annually from around the world to St. Mary’s and Holy Trinity.

Location: Glendale Springs and
West Jefferson, NC
Distance: 2 hours from Asheville
Address: Holy Trinity Church, 195 J.W. Luke Rd., Glendale Springs, NC 28629
Telephone: 336-982-3076
Address: St. Mary’s Church, 400 Beaver Creek School Rd., West Jefferson, NC 28694
Telephone: 336-246-3552
Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round.
Fees: None
Allow: ˝ to 1 hour each church
Directions: From Asheville, take I-40 East to Hickory. Take Exit 131 to NC 16 North to Wilkesboro. Take 421 North towards Watauga. Turn left onto NC 16 North again to Glendale Springs and Holy Trinity Church. From Glendale Springs take NC 16 North to NC 221. Turn left onto NC 221 to West Jefferson and St. Mary’s Church.








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