Come See Mountain Crafts in a Gilded Age Mansion
With abundant natural beauty at the Moses Cone estate, the Southern Highland Craft Guild bridges the landscape with its people in a splendor of craftsmanship.
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, preserves the country estate of Moses Cone, a prosperous textile entrepreneur, conservationist and philanthropist of the Gilded Age. In 1901, Cone built Flat Top Manor, the gleaming white 20-room mansion in the grand Colonial Revival style.
The Manor is now the home of the Parkway Craft Center, one of five shops of the Southern Highland Craft Guild which features handmade crafts by hundreds of regional artists. Turned bowls, ceramic tableware, woven garments, and more handmade crafts are displayed throughout the first floor in different rooms. Come enjoy our seasonal craft demonstrations on the front porch while soaking up the views.
Twenty-five miles of carriage trails wind through the fields and forests of the 3,500-acre estate. The trails are available to horse drawn carriages, horseback riding, and hiking. The Craftsman’s Trail is a 20-minute loop walk around the Manor which the Cones are said to have walked together every morning. The estate also contains a family cemetery and a carriage and apple barn.
Moses Cone’s interest in nature and conservation led him to plant extensive white pine forests and hemlock hedges (at the advice of friend and noted conservationist Gifford Pinchot), build several lakes stocked with bass and trout, and plant a 10,000-tree apple orchard.
Listen to this Living Traditions Moment about the man behind the Manor
Hours of Operation
Flat Top Manor and the Parkway Craft Center are open seasonally at milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
March 15 – November 30
9 am – 5 pm daily
Call the Parkway Craft Center for the daily schedule of craft demonstrations.
Hours of operation are subject to change. Contact directly for most current information.