Abraham ready with his knife.

Sweet Home Biblical Scenes (Closed)

Field review by the editors.

Albemarle, North Carolina

This religious folk art environment was built by the congregation of the Sweet Home Baptist Church decades ago. Visitors can stop in and take a stroll among a series of scenes taken from stories and events in the Bible.

There are numerous life-size concrete and plaster figures. The characters are hand-made -- not store mannequins -- which explains the charming lopsidedness of faces and puffy eyes. They are dressed in cloth robes or tunics. Some scenes are sheltered under in open-sided structures, but the weather takes its toll.

The Sweet Home folks have created some striking Old Testament scenes -- Abraham about to sacrifice his son, Samson and Delilah -- as well as New Testament Life O' Christ stuff, starting with a Nativity diorama.

The scene of Jesus ascending into heaven features a fist-pumping Christ statue suspended on a flag pole, as other statues on the ground gasp in amazement.

Ascending Jesus on a pole.

All in all, a nice display.

Also see: Every Day is Christmas

Sweet Home Biblical Scenes

Directions:
Sweet Home Baptist Church. Near Albemarle, not in it. Take Hwy 73 towards Troy, then left on Sweet Home Church Rd. On the east side of town, about a mile past a McDonalds.
Hours:
July 2010: Reported gone.
Admission:
Free.
Status:
Closed

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