Montreat fresco part of heritage trail

Staff reports

Ben Long’s fresco “The Return of the Prodigal” in Montreat College’s Chapel of the Prodigal has been named one of 70 stops on the Blue Ridge Heritage Trail. And a sign commemorating the honor has been installed in front of the Black Mountain/Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center in Black Mountain. Visitors with a smartphone can scan the QR code on the sign to access information about fresco and each heritage site.

The sites highlight important cultural, geographical and historical places across the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, which encompasses the 25 westernmost counties in North Carolina.

Other stops include architectural examples such as the Biltmore Estate.