Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Have you dreamt of having your own mansion exclusively situated
amidst trees and despite wanting to have a huge shelter, still feel
cozily at home? The Cone Memorial Park is a perfect combination of all.
A 19th century white mansion, upper class façade, in a 3600 acre land is
an estate worth looking at.
The Cone Memorial Park is an icon of Gilded age fortunes that Moses
H. Cone built. He was a prosperous textile entrepreneur,
conservationist, and philanthropist. Also known as the Flat Top Manor,
its construction was all due to Cone’s desire of having a venue for
retreat and refuge. He was a nature lover and environmentalist who
wanted to stay close to his family despite the demands of his business
The home he built is truly an all-in-one dwelling place where you
could find 23 white rooms, a view of its neighboring Rich Mountain
surrounded with virgin hardwoods and evergreens, and rocky rise of the
nearby Grandfather Mountain from their front porch. They have an apple
barn and the manor boasts elegance seen in the white enormous columns,
leaded glass windows and incredibly a central heating system. It was so
famous that it had often been visited by local dignitaries and
“The manor has been made a home to the Parkway Craft Center that the
Southern Highland Craft Guild has built. It displays works of artisans
from the nine Appalachian states, comprising exhibits ranging from
baskets, woodcarvings to quilts and ironwork. You can find trail maps,
brochures, nature books and guidebooks in the bookstore too.”
The “parkland” comprises a large part of the parkway offering a wide
variety of recreational activities. And though we are now in the modern
age, the place and experiences in the parkland exude an old 19th century
feeling. The activities to look forward to are hiking and horse trails,
boating and fishing, camping, handicraft making, guided walks, and
campfire programs in the evening.
Apart from the fun-filled activities and sights in the parkland
and manor, what strikes most people is the apple barn which has grown
32,000 trees in four orchards.
The Cones even built two lakes and
stuffed them with trout and bass.
Even more, they set up carriage roads
intended for an accessible route to
their orchards and pastures.
this, they had provided the local residents opportunities for horseback
Moses H. Cone and his manor is a legend to many people.
His ideas and passions were not only meant for his well-being but for
everyone’s, including his family and fellow townspeople.
He may have always thought of his business and family but he was never
short of finding joy in his home where he built most of his dreams. His place is
truly a historic site summarizing his accomplishments, visions and
What makes the Flat Top Manor worth visiting is the camaraderie that
grew strong through the years. The main source of all is Cone’s goal to
live a happy and fulfilling life. That, in fact, is the best reason to
why you should take a time out to visit the manor. Get inspired and know
in your heart that things you dream, when combined with hard-work and
personal touch, really do come true.