The Waldensians were a devout religious group whose origin many believe was a result of the apostles traveling through valleys on their way to Spain, Romans 15:24. When the Moravians started their movement, they insisted that a Waldensian pastor ordain their first pastor because they believed the Waldensian roots went back to the apostles.
It has taken more than 10 years and many trips to the Waldensian Valleys in Northern Italy to meticulously duplicate to exact size and feature the original buildings and monuments that tell the powerful Waldensian story.
The Trail of Faith is a collection of 15 scaled buildings and monuments are dedicated to preserving the courageous history of the Waldensian people. Almost from the time the apostles came through the valleys of the Italian Alps to their founding of Valdese in 1893, they suffered persecution and martyrdom for their faith. Napoleon called one battle they fought for religious freedom the "greatest military victory in the annals of military history."
At the Trail of Faith, see Barbi College where young men were trained and sent out as missionaries in an age when this was punishable by death. Explore a cave where the Waldensians worshipped while in hiding. Step inside the world's oldest Protestant Church, the children's school and original 1893 homesteads.
The Trail of Faith includes the site of the first full Bible translation into French in 1535. Eventually becoming known as the Geneva Bible, the Bible is used to swear in the presidents of the United States.
During the Christmas season the Trail of Faith comes alive each evening with many scenes and thousands of Christmas lights.
The July 4th celebration show provides a great day of fun with entertainment, kids play area and delicious food.