This country estate was developed during the 1890s and early 1900s by Moses and Bertha Cone, the son and daughter of German and Jewish immigrants. Moses and his brother Caesar established one of North Carolina?s largest textile empires during the late 19th and early 20th century. Their mammoth denim and flannel mills in Greensboro, North Carolina and their export and commission company in New York City were the basis of appreciable wealth and status. Cone fashioned this country place at Blowing Rock with its 23-room Colonial Revival mansion as a healthful retreat from the rigors of his business empire. Twenty five miles (see map) of well-planned and exquisitely maintained carriage roads, two man-made lakes, and apple orchards are part of the estate.
Visitor Center Phone: 828-295-3782
Visitor Center hours 2014:
- Open daily beginning April 25 - November 2, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Manor House tours available Saturdays & Sundays, June 7 - October 19, by reservation only, contact visitor center to book tour.
- Grounds open year-round for self-guided tour.
- Visitor Center
- visitor center is wheelchair accessible
- restrooms are wheelchair accessible
- interpretive programs are wheelchair accessible
- exhibits are wheelchair accessible
- information is wheelchair accessible