Moses H. Cone Memorial Park: An Amazing Place

Moses Cones made his fortune in North Carolina’s textile industry, but he was much more interested in being outdoors than in one of his denim factories. Biologists at heart, Cone and wife Bertha purchased some 3,600 acres of virgin land near Blowing Rock, North Carolina, about 88 miles north of Asheville. Following the Cones’ deaths, the estate was contributed to the National Park Service, which still maintains the estate and invites visitors to tour the house and use the grounds.

Renovations have actually been continuous for a number of years to bring back the once-grand Flat Top Manor to its previous glory. However visitors can still tour parts of the house and take pleasure in an assisted tour by a park ranger. Keeping an eye out from the front deck of the 20-room home is especially magnificent. The view of Bass Lake and the mountain vistas in the distance are Instagram-worthy. The Park Craft Center is likewise found on the very first floor of the house. You’ll find handicrafts from local artists including pottery, textiles and artwork. Artists carry out demonstrations of quilting, embroidery, glassblowing and pottery throwing on the front deck throughout the summer season. Call (828) 295-3782 for a schedule of demonstrations.

While the home was remarkable, the Cones enjoyed costs time outdoors at their estate. The couple even more strengthened their home’s natural riches by planting acres of hemlock hedges and white pines.

To take advantage of this natural wonderland, the Cones developed 25 miles of gently sloping carriage roads that meander through the residential or commercial property. One of the most popular walkings is to Flat Top Tower, a fire tower that uses a picturesque, 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains. Flat Top Road is a more moderate walking, taking you past the Cone Cemetery, Bass Lake and through the remains of the apple orchard.

The Moses H. Cone Memorial Park is located at milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Biologists at heart, Cone and better half Bertha purchased some 3,600 acres of virgin land near Blowing Rock, North Carolina, about 88 miles north of Asheville. Following the Cones’ deaths, the estate was contributed to the National Park Service, which still keeps the estate and welcomes visitors to explore the home and use the grounds.

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To take benefit of this natural wonderland, the Cones developed 25 miles of carefully sloping carriage roads that meander through the property. Flat Top Road is a more moderate walking, taking you past the Cone Cemetery, Bass Lake and through the remains of the apple orchard.

Author: BlowingNC

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 1,241 at the 2010 census.

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