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Ashe County Frescoes
The Ashe County Frescoes

"During the decade of the 1970s, Statesville NC native and internationally renowned fresco artist, Ben Long, painted frescoes in two small antique Episcopal churches in Ashe County; Saint Mary’s in West Jefferson and Holy Trinity in Glendale Springs. Since that time, tens of thousands of people have visited the frescoes each year both for their religious significance and because of being magnificent works of art.

The frescoes are Ashe County’s major tourist attraction, and, as such they are an indispensable mainstay of the region’s economic development. After viewing the frescoes, those same tens of thousands of visitors typically head for the local stores, restaurants, galleries, parks and recreational areas."

The above article is provided by The Ashe County Frescoes Foundation.  Please visit their website to learn more about the faswcinating history of the Frescoes, beautiful photos, directions and more: