Fields of the Wood: Home to world's largest 10 Commandments

    Fields of the Wood in Murphy, North Carolina, in July 2018. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

    There is a place in Murphy, North Carolina, where people go to cast their worries and burdens aside.

    It's called Fields of the Wood. The biblical theme park sits on 200 acres of land and has the world's largest display of the Ten Commandments on the side of a mountain.

    The park was built in the 1940s and cost $1.5 million to construct. Today, the cost equivalent would be nearly $23 million.

    On any given weekend, there are hundreds of visitors that walk the 321 steps up Prayer Mountain.

    Fields of the Wood in Murphy, North Carolina, in July 2018. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

    Carolyn Pilcher recently visited the park in seek of closure after her husband Keith passed away last September.

    "He was a preacher of a church for 35 years, so I've known the Lord for a long time. This is where I needed to be," Pilcher said.

    Visitors can find a baptism pool and a replica of the tomb where Jesus was laid after his crucifixion on the park's property. There is even a plane runway at the top of the mountain.

    "Around the 1960s, we had a fleet of 82 airplanes called the White Angel Fleet. They would come in and fly out and deliver missionaries to places all over the world," Heritage Ministries coordinator Darren Schalk said.

    Fields of the Wood in Murphy, North Carolina, in July 2018. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

    Many guests come with questions about biblical teachings, but the most common question is, "Why was the park built?"

    According to the park's website, A.J. Tomlinson, the first General Overseer of the Church of God/Church of God of Prophecy, came to this spot on June 13, 1903, to pray. It was here that he met with God about his future and the future of the Church of God.

    "They came here in the 1940s to mark where it all began," Schalk said.

    Many people now come to the park to find peace and refuge.

    "When you come here, it's a very peaceful place, and I find many people come here and they then bring their grandchildren here," Schalk said.

    Next week, Field of the Woods is celebrating its 75th anniversary and 100th international assembly. During the week, anywhere from 10,000-12,000 people from all over the world are expected to visit the park.

    The park is now managed by Heritage Ministries, a department of the Church of God of Prophecy.

    Fields of the Wood is free to enter but has donation bins on site.

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