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“Cute church”

Saint Mary's Episcopal Church
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Beautiful stained glass windows and wonderful frescoes. We happened to be there when the docent was present. The church is always open.

Thank Stephanie P
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

My wife is an artist, and we had heard about an artist who had painted frescoes inside several churches in this region. Don't be surprised by the small size of the church, as inside are three amazing frescoes. They also have a wonderfully produced audio that describes everything about each of the frescoes.

2  Thank Kevin W
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

This is a historic part of the West Jefferson community. We have a small, active church that is fully committed to community service, to one another and the Episcopal Church. St Mary's is home to 3 of the frescoes done by Ben Long. The other fresco is at Holy Trinity at Glendale Springs. The congregation alternates months attending service between the 2 churches. Our official name is The Parish of the Holy Communion. We warmly welcome visitors and are always hopeful for new members. Recently the Foundation for the Frescoes was started as a way to help maintain the frescoes and the buildings in which they reside. This foundation sits apart from the budget and running of the parish.

Thank Julia B
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

This little church on the side of the road has some exceptional art. The art isn't ancient. It dates from the mid-1970s. But, it is extraordinary, especially the fresco of Christ's crucifixion behind the altar. The stained glass windows are excellent. Just follow the signs to the Church of the Frescoes.

Thank OtherMountainDude
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

While in West Jefferson North Carolina, we visited the tiny church of St Mary's. It is a
beautiful and peaceful little church and on the inside some of the most beautiful paintings you will ever see. The paintings were done by Ben Long who paints in the
fresco style. At the altar of the church is a painting of Christ hanging on the cross and in the background shows His ascension to heaven. On either side are paintings of Mary great with child and of John the Baptist. The stain glass windows are also gorgeous. There is a button to push as you enter the door that has a terrific narration of the paintings and the history of the church. There is no admission fee but there is a box inside the door should you wish to leave a donation to help with the upkeep of the paintings and the church. The sister of this church is called the Holy Trinity Church and it is located very close in Glendale Springs North Carolina. It too has a fresco painting by Ben Long depicting the Last Supper of Christ and also has narration. Well worth stopping here too.

4  Thank luvthebanksBristolVa
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