Moses H Cone Manor
The Moses Cone Estate and Flat Top Manor home located along the Blue Ridge Parkway is a frequent stop for visitors and residents in the area. Located at Milepost 294 in the nearby village of Blowing Rock NC, the historic 23-room home is now the location of the Parkway Craft Center, a craft shop operated by the Southern Highland Craft Guild, where visitors can browse unique and fine handcrafted items made by local Appalachian artisans. Annually, from the spring thru fall the Flat Top Manor home sees some 225,000 visitors. The Moses H. Cone Mansion is one of the few standing examples of a country estate. Construction, on the 13,000 square foot mansion began in 1899 and today, it stands as a reminder of what life was like for the wealth landowners that retreated to their country homes in the mountains during America's Gilded Age. Much like another country estate just a short drive away, the Biltmore Home, the Moses Cone Manor Estate has numerous well maintained trails for hiking, horseback riding and biking and is still used for this type of recreation. An exceptionally beautiful spot, the Flat Top Manor is often thought of for Pretty Place Weddings NC just like our Jefferson County Club.
Moses Cone was the son of a German Jewish immigrant who built a family owned wholesale grocery in Baltimore. Moses and his brother Ceasar moved to the South to supply stores with grocery inventory and expanded their textiles business. The two brothers formed Cone Export and Commission Company in 1890 and five years later they came to Greensboro and built the first cotton mill. The mill would eventually be named Cone Mills and it supplied the region with a high quality, heavy duty, deep blue denim. As time went on, Cone Mills rapidly became the world's leading producer of this type of denim. Today, many call Moses Cone, "The Denim King" because the tycoon made a fortune producing the textile.
When Moses and his wife Bertha began planning the Flat Top Manor they knew that they wanted to showcase the best of the lands that they had bought around Blowing Rock (some 3,600 acres). They planned for carriage trails that led to some of the exciting views of Grandfather Mountain, and created numerous apple orchards where they nurtured some 32,000 apple trees. They imported animals such as white-tailed deer, filled two lakes and stocked them with mountain trout and bass, and crafted more than 25 mils of trails that led around their orchards and rolling pastures. During the height of its day, some 30 farmers and their families lived on the Moses H. Cone Estate carrying out day to day activities for the working estate.
Flat Top Manor mansion is a glorious example of the Colonial Revival style of architecture that was prominent at the time. Visitors love seeing the elegant white columns, and lovely designed windows. During the height of its use, Flat Top Manor entertained government leaders, business people and prominent local dignitaries. Moses had 2 sisters that were feverish art collectors. Etta and Dr. Claribel Cone collected works by Henry Matisse and Pablo Picasso and now their collection lives for all to see in the Cone wing of the Baltimore Museum of Art. Moses died when he was 51 in 1908 and Bertha went on to manage the property for 39 years. Their graves reside on an overlook in a meadow just below the summit of Flat Top Mountain. The property was deeded to the Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro and the hospital turned the property over to the National Park Service shortly after that. Today, it is managed as part of the Blue Ridge Parkway system.
Enjoy Hiking in NC, cycling, horseback riding, and trout fishing at the Moses Cone Manor. Trout Lake Blowing Rock and Bass Lake are both designated as Wild Trout Waters; they are not hatchery supported. No boating is allowed. Cross country Skiing NC can be enjoyed in the winter months when there is enough snow on the ground. If you plan a trip, be sure to venture over to the shops, boutiques and restaurants in the Village of Blowing Rock.
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