Parkway Craft Center (Moses Cone Estate)
The Parkway Craft Center is one of five shops operated by the Southern Highland Guild, an organization dedicated to preserving and fostering the growth of handcrafts made in the Appalachian Mountains. It is located in the former Moses Cone Mansion, also known as the Flat Top Estate, along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The center contains 300 pieces of handmade pieces of art created from glass, leather, fiber, wood, and other materials. The mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, as Flat Top Estate, in 2013. The property is now Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.
Backstory and Context
The mansion was built by Moses H. Cone, a successful textile entrepreneur who became a major supplier for Levi Strauss. Cone and his wife were conservationists and philanthropists. They did not have children and donated their home and estate upon their deaths.
"Historic Resource Study," National Park Service, April 1987. http://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/blri/moses_cone_estate.pdf http://www.blueridgeheritage.com/attractions-destinations/moses-cone-manor