Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Westville has never solved one of ours. Who painted the interesting ceiling of the Damascus Church and why?
We do know that once the building was no longer needed or used as a church it eventually ended up storing corn (it is reported to hold 10,000 bushels), and eventually hay until the 1960s.
When the building was moved to Westville in Lumpkin, detailed notes were taken of the needed conservation and restoration. Before and during the work, Westville undertook the task of trying to solve the mystery of the ceiling. While they were able to replicate colors, techniques, and find other similar examples, the trail of the painter and why it was painted had grown cold and will likely always remain a mystery.