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MOSES CONE MANOR AND PARKWAY CRAFT CENTER

Mile Post 294, Blue Ridge Parkway, 828/295-7938 HOURS: Mar. 15-Nov. 30 daily 9 A.M.-5 P.M.

Textile entrepreneur Moses H. Cone and his wife, Bertha, built their sprawling 13,000-square-foot mansion in 1901 and named it Flat Top Manor to honor its views of Flat Top Mountain. The 23-room Colonial Revival home was meant to be a respite from the hustle and bustle of Cone’s business empire and it’s believed that the grand columns, leaded glass windows, and oversized dormers were designed to showcase his wealth. Cone had a strong appreciation for nature and was a dedicated conservationist. He carved a series of trails on his land that he and Bertha walked in the mornings. The couple welcomed area residents to walk or ride horses on the trails, turning their land into a recreation area of sorts. Cone died in 1908 at the age of 51. Bertha continued living in the house until her death in 1947. The home was donated to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. The hospital board, in turn, donated it to the National Park Service with the caveat that it would become known as the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and be managed as part of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The home has become one of the most-visited sights along the Parkway and the trails remain popular with hikers, joggers, and equestrians. In 1952, the Southern Highland Craft Guild opened a gallery on the main floor of the manor. From June to October tours of the home are offered on weekends at 10 and 11 A.M. and 2, 3, and 4 P.M. Reservations are required (828/295-3782).

Moses H. Cone commissioned the construction of this stunning home in 1901. The site was chosen because it offered excellent views of the mountains.

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Beyond this bridge, the countryside remains open on your left Kazakhstan Map but the houses of Lavant are now to be seen to your right. The path enters a Kazakhstan Map small cutting, goes under a bridge, then very shortly beyond that bridge passes under the A286 bridge. Just beyond the A286 bridge is some modern housing development to your left, including the redevelopment of the old Lavant station building. In its final years of operation the chief product that was loaded here was sugar beet, classified somewhat curiously by BR as ‘minerals other than coal’! Your railway walk is now at an end. Immediately beyond the row of modern buildings, turn hard left and double-back on yourself, passing the other side of the old Lavant station building and going up to meet the A286. Turn left, passing over the bridge across the old railway, to follow the road through the sprawling village of Mid Lavant.

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