In the spring of 2002, Jeanie Bridges, friend of Benjamin F. Long had a conversation with the executive director of the Cultural Arts Council of Wilkes, Cathy H. McKenzie, suggesting a fresco trail be created.
In the summer of 2005, Ms. McKenzie created and became the chairperson
for the Benjamin F. Long Fresco Trail Consortium which included representatives from Burke, Buncombe, Iredell and Wilkes counties.
The Consortium and the Trail grew to include the Ashe, Mecklenburg and most recently, Avery counties.
A grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (covering 25 counties in western North Carolina), has provided the consortium to create a website, print brochures with trail locations and create educational materials to be used in schools, colleges and universities.