NC Fields of Wood - World's Largest Ten Commandments
Driving at the Great Smokey Mountain's Highway 294 in Murphy, North
Carolina may be an uplifting experience for drivers and passengers as it
is where the World's Largest Ten Commandments can be located. A favorite
tourist attraction, the Fields of the Wood also houses other world
breaking biblical monuments of Golgotha and Joseph's Tomb. The Fields of
the Woods was built in 1945 by the followers of the Church of God of
Prophecy, a church that now has more than 700,000 members in 115
countries, led by Ambrose Jessup Tomlinson. The 300 feet-wide tableaux
is composed of individual concrete letters 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide
of white-painted concrete and is occupying a mountainside.
For additional superlatives, situated atop the World's Largest Ten
Commandments is what is believed as the world's largest New Testament
with dimensions thirty foot high and fifty food wide.
Visitors can climb
atop of it, as it features a stair within the structure, which leads
visitors experience the majestic view of the Baptismal Pool, the Star of
Bethlehem, and hedges cut to read: "Jesus Died for Our Sins."
The All Nations Cross, displayed in a giant cruciform that is 115 feet
wide and a 150 feet long, represents the Cross in which Jesus was
crucified and was built to magnify His death. The cross includes poles
where flags of the countries of the world, where the Church of God is
established, are raised.
Other important markers in the Fields of the Woods are the 80-feet
long structure where Tomlinson prayed, which is also noted as the
world's largest altar, Psalms of Praise, Gospel Theater and the
Baptismal Pool. A replica of Golgotha, the tomb of Jesus is also
featured and it is claimed that it has the same size and shape of the
real tomb. It also features nature trails and picnic areas.
Visitors can also bring with them memorabilia before they leave, through
the Hidden Treasures gift shop that sells T-shirts, books, jewelry,
Christian gifts, ties, audio cassettes and CD's, food items, license
plates, shirts, and sunglasses.
To those who want to visit the Fields of Woods, it is located in the
southwest corner of North Carolina, eighteen miles west of Murphy on Hwy
294, just six miles east of the Tennessee-North Carolina border. The
Fields of the Woods admits daily year round, free of charge.