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Saint Mary's Episcopal Church

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Address: 400 Beaver Creek School Rd, West Jefferson, NC 28694-7115
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A simplistic hidden gem off the beaten path

My wife and I have visited churches all over the world with paintings and stained glass windows, but the frescos by Ben Long were awe inspiring. The narrative about the church and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lexington, Kentucky
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I have visited churches all over the world with paintings and stained glass windows, but the frescos by Ben Long were awe inspiring. The narrative about the church and paintings was insightful and inspiring. The church was very unassuming and simplistic, which made the frescoes even more outstanding. We have seen many frescoes in Europe but these... More 

Thank the1drjazz
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by on Friday April 7th and were standing inside the front door in amazement when one of the actual members of the church stopped and gave us an awesome background on the paintings and the church history. She was the sweetest lady and so warm and welcoming. The painting and windows are just amazing but that lady made... More 

Thank calliesdq87
Kernersville, North Carolina
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

You will be overwhelmed by the beautiful frescoes that are in this little church. You will also want to visit Holy Trinity Church in the same area. Both are small churches that were the only ones that allowed Ben Long to reveal his mastery of the art of doing frescoes. I won't put any pictures of them on my review... More 

Thank BILL P
North Carolina
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

We are mourning the lost of our grand child and stopping at this beautiful church and getting to see the Ben Long Frescos was so healing. We plan to continue our quest to view all the frescos availabe by Ben Long in NC . A must see . The narrartor will cause goosebumps to raise up on your arms. The... More 

Thank mercyangel_12
Cary, North Carolina
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

I had heard about the "church of the frescoes" and had wanted to visit it for quite some time. I was afforded that opportunity on a recent trip to West Jefferson, NC. The church is small and has been around for quite some time. The interior of the church was made of Chestnut and was absolutely beautiful. The main attraction... More 

Thank TheKinseyReport
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212 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Two attractions here...the small wooden church itself and the unique frescoes inside. These are the real things...European style and beautifully rendered Christian images. Free to enter but a few coins are appreciated.

Thank travelmansam
chattanooga, United States
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Such a tiny church but wow what a beautiful place! There are beautiful frescoes and several other paintings there with write ups about their artists. It is amazing that this is kept unlocked for visitors.

Thank Kent M
Cincinnati, Ohio
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Make this a stop while visiting. Very pretty and peaceful experience and also enjoyed learning about the frescoes.

Thank epd123
Raleigh, North Carolina
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59 reviews
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

A must visit, pilgrimage sort of place. Take the time. Listen to the audio. Leave some $ in the box to maintain the frescoes.

Thank SusanG1953
Charlotte, North Carolina
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15 reviews
Reviewed 15 September 2016

We enjoyed the lovely Frescoes by Ben Long! Sweet lil' church opened to all visitors. Will be returning again.

Thank ninasmiles2006

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