Welcome to the
Heart of Florida
Walk to Emmaus

Empowering leaders to be the hands and feet of Christ.



The Great Masterpiece attraction was created around Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. In 1929, August Wagner Company of Berlin created a 300,000-piece mosaic of da Vinci’s artwork.The artwork consists of 10 panels each weighing over 500 pounds. The mosaic was flown from Germany to New York and eventually assembled in Lake Wales, Florida. The original owners donated the mosaic which now adorns the Gustafson Fine Arts Center at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.

The 75-acre Christian retreat center is located on the former Masterpiece Gardens tourist attraction, which closed in 1978. In 1985, Peninsular Florida District Council of the Assemblies of God completed a 450-bed dormitory, gymnasium and cafeteria as well as a 65,000-gallon swimming pool on the lush grounds of Lake Pierce.

Masterpiece Gardens has been committed to providing organizations with a safe, clean and exciting environment to hold conferences, retreats and camps. Our goal is to continue to build a tradition of excellence while developing new amenities for guests.



“Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;”