Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway

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Title Group Portrait at Moses H. Cone Estate
Title Note Group portrait
Date September 24, 1952
Description Taken at the Moses H. Cone Estate near Blowing Rock, NC. Maintenance inspection. Photograph shows Pease, Disque, Armfield, Clements, Lipscomb, Abbuehl, Blake, and Dozzani. Taken from Section 2G of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Commentary The Moses H. Cone Estate is on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is located at milepost 294 in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Moses H. Cone used his estate to showcase his knowledge of scientific farming. It had extensive orchards, gardens and livestock. When the Blue Ridge Parkway came through, the government took over the property and several buildings on the land. Moses H. Cone and his wife, Bertha Cone, had their home built around 1900 near Blowing Rock, NC. Moses H. Cone was a prosperous textile entrepreneur and environmentalist who owned over 3,500 acres in Blowing Rock. His estate included about 500 acres of farmland, Flat Top Mountain and nearby Rich Mountain, and a home called Flat Top Manor that had 23 rooms. The Cones were able to hold onto their land while the National Park Service developed the Parkway and the land was not transferred to the National Park Service until a few years after Bertha Cone’s death in 1949.
Location Location Name: Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Parkway Milepost: 294.0
Latitude: 36.15457
Longitude: -81.68761
Creator Individual E.G. Middleton
Tags Abbuehl, Edward H.
Cone, Bertha
Cone, Moses H.
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park (N.C.)
Pease, Ted K.
Portraits, Group
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives