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“Well worth your time to make this stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway.”

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Reviewed 18 July 2014

This little church is located in the very small community of Glendale Springs, which is off of the Blue RIdge Parkway via Trading Post Road. The parking for visiting the church is across the street in a paved parking lot also serving the bakery and a really nice local crafts shop or in the unimproved grass parking area just north of the church a few feet.
The set up is similar to the church in West Jefferson that houses the same artist's work. This work of art features "The Last Supper" and is just excellent. By all means sit through the recorded welcome and history of the work. The short recording goes thru each of the disciples at the Last Supper ending Thomas- who is indeed looking at everyone in the church. One of those works of art that gives you pause to reflect on our higher calling and creation. The button to start the recording is located in the small vestibule at the front of the church.
Outside the church are some really nice grounds to walk around as you make your way to the basement for additional works of art.
All in all, the two churches are a pleasure and an honor to sit and reflect upon the beautiful and meaningful works of art that they have opened up to the public. Highly recommended. There is no fee but a donation box in the vestibule.
While there take in the crafts store across the street and the Trading Post on the Parkway.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Built in 1901, the church stood empty for 30 years before it was renovated and the frescos were added in 1980. There are actually two frescos - one in the sanctuary and one in the basement chapel both by Ben Long and his students. There is also a 1920's mosaic by John Early. We didn't realize the basement had any art work until we visited the 2nd time. The church is open all the time from what we could tell. Services are not held there every Sunday but somehow alternate between St. Mary's in West Jefferson and Holy Trinity in Glendale Springs. There is a rock grotto in the basement that holds hand thrown pottery urns. Some people might find this creepy but it really is a beautiful thing. Each urn reflects the individual personality of the person buried there. Don't miss the stone lion across the street at the mission house.

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Reviewed 3 March 2014

The companion to St. Mary's, this church has only the one fresco painting, but it's fabulous! The Last Supper is done in an ancient medium, but a modern realistic style. Very moving!

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