We're closing out the week with another photo from the North Carolina section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Moses Cone Memorial Park, Visitor Center, and Parkway Craft Center are located near Blowing Rock at milepost 294. Photographed above is Flat Top Manor. The 13,000 sure foot summer home of Greensboro's textile entrepreneur was built in 1901. The twenty-room abode now features a craft center that is part of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
Moses Cone took great interest in nature and conservation and he planted white pine forests, hemlock hedges, and a 10,000 tree apple orchard.* The house is located on 3600 acres. Moses Cone and his wife had no children, so it is fitting that their property ended up in the National Park System.
If you have not already scheduled all of your summer vacation, we urge you to consider heading to the parkway and enjoying this fabulous stop. If you go, read as much as you can about Moses Cone and you will appreciate his mountain home all the more. To give you an idea of the vastness of the estate, find below the view from the porch at Flat Top Manor.
* Learn more about the manor and the man behind the manor from our reference, here.