Flat Top Estate
Moses Cone Manor
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
LocationBlue Ridge Parkway, milepost 292.8 to 295.5, near Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Coordinates36°8′53″N 81°41′36″W / 36.14806°N 81.69333°W / 36.14806; -81.69333Coordinates: 36°8′53″N 81°41′36″W / 36.14806°N 81.69333°W / 36.14806; -81.69333
Area3,496 acres (1,415 ha)
Built1901 (1901)
Architectural styleColonial Revival
NRHP reference No.13000978[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 24, 2013
Park sign near Flat Top Manor
Park sign near Flat Top Manor

The Moses H. Cone Memorial Park is a country estate in honor of Moses H. Cone in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. It is on the Blue Ridge Parkway between mileposts 292 and 295 with access at milepost 294.[2] Most locals call it Cone Park. The park is run by the National Park Service and is open to the public. It contains 3,500 acres (14 km2), a 16-acre (65,000 m2) trout lake, a 22-acre (89,000 m2) bass lake, and 25 miles (40 km) of carriage trails[3] for hiking and horses.[4] The main feature of the park is a twenty-three room 13,000-square-foot (1,200 m2) mansion called Flat Top Manor built around the early 1900s. At the manor, there is a craft shop and demonstration center,[5] along with an information desk and book store.[6]

Hiking and horseback trails
Hiking and horseback trails

The activities in the park are walking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. More people use the park for hiking and horseback riding than any other activity. There is also fishing available at the two nearby fishing lakes. Many people also do amateur and professional photography, especially in the autumn. The park is open year-round and sees 225,000 people each year being the most visited recreational place on the Blue Ridge Parkway [7] and second in visitors after the Folk Art Center that sees 250,000 visitors.[8] Together with the Julian Price Memorial Park, it is the largest developed area set aside for public recreation on the Blue Ridge Parkway.[9]

Carriage house
Carriage house

Moses obtained advice from noted conservationist Gifford Pinchot, the pioneering forester at the Biltmore Estate and First Chief of the US Forest Service,[10] on planting white pine forests and hemlock hedges.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013 as Flat Top Estate, a national historic district. The district encompasses four contributing buildings and two contributing sites. They include the historic landscape, Flat Top Manor house (1899-1900), carriage house (c. 1899-1905), Cone Cemetery (1908), Sandy Flat Missionary Baptist Church (1908), and the apple barn.[1][11]



  1. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 12/23/13 through 12/27/13. National Park Service. 2014-01-03.
  2. ^ Moses H. Cone Memorial Park & Flat Top Manor (Milepost 294.1)
  3. ^ a b Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
  4. ^ Cone Park Carriage Trails
  5. ^ Parkway Craft Center Archived 2008-02-13 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Historic Blue Ridge sites - Moses Cone Manor Archived 2007-12-27 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ First Annual Centennial Strategy for August 2007 Archived 2008-02-22 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Folk Art Center official website
  9. ^ Blue Ridge National Heritage Archived 2008-05-10 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ Deborah Slaton; Liz Sargent; Kenneth Itie; Tim Penich & Mike Ford (July 2013). "Flat Top Estate" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2015-07-01.