Ave Maria Grotto

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I have visited the Grotto as a child and have been intrigued with it ever since. We visit there quite often. Sights from around the world (both holy and secular) were recreated in miniature by Brother Joseph.Bits and pieces of everyday objects were sent to him and he collected discarded supplies wherever he was.Today he would be called an innovative mixed media artist and upcycler.
If you are in the area it is worth the drive to see this wonderland.There is a small admission fee.
The monastery shares grounds with one of the South’s leading prep schools, St.Bernard’s.I find the area to be particularly lovely in the fall when the leaves are turning and the weather is cool.