March 2, 2018
NPS staff clean the woodwork on the stairway at Flat Top Manor at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.
Each spring, Flat Top Manor at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park is one of the first sites on the Blue Ridge Parkway to open, thanks to the fine folks who run the Parkway Craft Center. Right now, there is plenty of behind-the-scenes activity at the home in preparation for opening day on March 30. The National Park Service staff is polishing banisters, cleaning windows, dusting woodwork, and much more to get the grand house ready for visitors. Historical houses need lots of care, but their charm, character, and the stories they hold are well worth the effort.
There are plenty of ways you can become part of the Cone estate's next chapter (without breaking out a broom or dust cloth). You can...
Volunteer: The Foundation is recruiting volunteers to work with Parkway staff on providing interpretation and education programs for visitors, as well as general site information. These are wonderful opportunities to gain a deeper knowledge about the 3,500-acre park near Blowing Rock, while passing on stories to the thousands who explore the manor and carriage trails each year. Sign up
Come to the Denim Ball: Mark your calendar for the third annual Denim Ball on August 3 at Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock, North Carolina. This fundraising gala sells out each year, so be sure to check our upcoming newsletters for a ticket release date. You or your business can also sponsor the event or donate to our auction by contacting Mandy Gee.
Give: So far, donors have generously supported our push for major improvements at the estate to the tune of $2 million. That leaves us just $1 million away from our goal! Your gift will ensure the completion of extensive repairs at the manor house and on the grounds. Donate now