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Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294

This country estate was developed during the 1890s and early 1900s by Moses and Bertha Cone, the son and daughter of German and Jewish immigrants. Moses and his brother Caesar established one of North Carolina's largest textile empires during the late 19th and early 20th century.

Cone fashioned the estate, with its 23-room Colonial Revival mansion, as a healthful retreat from the rigors of his business empire. 25 miles of well-planned carriage roads, two man-made lakes, and apple orchards are part of the estate.

Today the manor and the entire estate are one of the most heavily used areas along the Parkway and home to the Parkway Craft Center. Carriage roads are popular for hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing, especially by residents of the Boone/Blowing Rock area.

Together the Moses H. Cone Park and Julian Price Memorial Park comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreation on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

What to Do

  • Visit the Parkway Craft Center at Moses Cone Manor and watch mountain handicraft demonstrations - open seasonally
  • Explore a family cemetery, carriage and apple barn, and an extensive system of trails - see area map
  • Enjoy horseback riding or cross-country skiing on 25 miles of historic carriage roads


Handicap Accessibility

- visitor center is wheelchair accessible 

- restrooms are wheelchair accessible 

- interpretive programs are wheelchair accessible

- exhibits are wheelchair accessible 

 

Highlights & Happenings

  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • Today the manor and the entire estate are one of the most heavily used areas along the Parkway and home to the Parkway Craft Center. Carriage roads are popular for hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing, especially by residents of the Boon
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