Friday, May 31, 2013

Moses Cone Manor, Blowing Rock North Carolina

I hope you've had a great week and are doing something fun for the weekend. 
Wanted to share with you some gorgeous scenery we've seen this week.

We visited the Moses Cone Manor in Blowing Rock, North Carolina and even walked 3 miles of trails. 
Thought we did good, until I found out that there are 25 miles of trails total on the 3,500 acre property. 

As we hiked the trails about 1,000 feet below, the gorgeous house really stands out and as I saw it for the first time I said "whoa, what is THAT?" 
It was pretty impressive.

With a little help from Mr. Google, I learned that it was the Moses Cone Manor and that it was open to visit. (well partly). House tours don't start until June, so we were a few days too early, but the Manor is now home to the Parkway Craft Center which sells crafts from local artisans.
Here's the breathtaking view from the parking lot:

This is the view from the front  porch. You can see Bass Lake below.

13,000 square foot Flat Top Manor  was built  as the Cone's summer home in 1899 and finished in 1901.

I thought the carriage house was beautiful, as well.

This is the back side of the carriage house.

I don't think I could ever get enough of this view.
We definitely plan to go back for a tour of the upstairs part of the house. I find historic homes and the story of the people who lived in them so fascinating.

Hope you have a good weekend.



  1. Isn't that place just wonderful? We visited last September in the same type of wonderful weather. I spent a small fortune at the Craft Center - have to support our local artisans, of course!

  2. That's beautiful. I love touring old homes, too.

  3. Wow so gorgeous! I could stare at those beautiful views all day!

  4. WOW that looks awesome up there Pam! Spectacular shots. I just love the Carolinas:)

  5. Wow...that view is magnificent...Blowing Rock is not too far from us...will have to put that Manor on our must see list!!..Thanks Pam!


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