Upstairs at the Cone Manor

View from upstairs at the Cone Manor.

View from upstairs at the Cone Manor.

Many visitors to the NC High Country have stopped on the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 294) to see the lovely Cone Manor. Left to the state by Moses Cone, the home and estate include orchards, lakes and carriage trails.

Mr. Cone was known as “The Denim King” and he and his family were generous to their neighbors and employees. Having no children, he continued his generous legacy and left the property to the state for public use upon his wife’s death.

Today, the home is one of two Parkway Craft Centers (the other is outside Asheville) and is filled with a wide variety of beautiful hand-crafted items. Weekends feature demonstrations by local artisans. The grounds offer several public trails, as well as carriage trails for horseback riding (you can see the local horse trailers along the Parkway on weekends).

But the little-known treat is the upstairs tour run by the National Park Service on weekends from June-mid-October. Park Rangers conduct the tours and explain the colorful history of Moses and Bertha Cone as well as the Cone sisters. It’s a perfect activity for any history or art buff.

Tours times are Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Groups are kept small and reservations are required. To reserve, call the National Park Service Information Desk at the Manor House: 828.295.3782.

About KFBuchsbaum

A lover of words, learning something new every day, exploring new places, and meeting people from different cultures is what feeds my spirit. One significant thing I learned from my years in market research is that time away from an experience dilutes the memories.  You lose the highs and lows and end up with middle-of-the-road impressions.  The reason I started to blog, was to capture experiences real-time, in the moment.  I hope my moments help you relive some of your own great adventures or maybe plan some new.

Posted on August 18, 2013, in Historic Interest, North Carolina, North Carolina, Western, USA and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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