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St Mary's is one of two quaint churches located in Ashe County, North Carolina. It shares a unique bond with Holy Trinity of Glendale Springs that goes beyond their Episcopal affiliation with the Church of Christ... they both house artwork by renowned artist, Ben Long. Ben Long and his students spent months painting religious scenes in the classic style of fresco in both churches. St Mary's was built in 1905 in the small community of West Jefferson and houses several frescoes among the most popular, "The Mystery of Faith". The church still serves the community and is visited by thousands every year since 1975 when "The Mystery of Faith" was painted.
The actual fresco painting by Ben Long, "The Mystery of Faith".