Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Moses Cone Manor House

Next up after our trip to The Watauga County Farmer's Market, we decided to head out the Parkway to The Moses Cone House. 

From Wikipedia:  Moses Herman Cone (June 29, 1857 – December 8, 1908) was an American textile entrepreneur, conservationist, and philanthropist of the Gilded Age who was active in the southern United States. He began his career in sales and became an innovator who offered finished clothing, which was unusual in an era when textiles were normally sold as unfinished cloth.
Cone manufactured unusual textile fabrics and founded a company that became a leading manufacturer of denim. His company was a major supplier to Levi Strauss and Company for nearly a century.[1][2]

Mr. Cone and his wife had no children and donated substantial property upon their deaths. Their home Flat Top Manor has become a North Carolina tourist attraction that receives 250,000 visitors a year. It forms part of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, which is run by the National Park Service. Their donations founded the Moses Cone Health System, a private not-for-profit health care system based in Greensboro, North Carolina and its principal facility The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.

His childless wife Bertha lived an additional 39 years and donated the Flat Top Mansion property to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. A few years later the hospital conveyed the property to the National Park System with the proviso that it be known as the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.[16]

The Cone sisters, Claribel and Etta, were two of Moses' younger sisters. They befriended Picasso and Matisse while living amongst the School of Paris in its prime in Europe. The Cone Collection is one of the greatest in the world for these artists.[17]






LJ Roberts said...

What a wonderful place. Gorgeous setting, wonderful buildings and a gift shop to fill up a person's credit card. But the best picture is the one of you. You're such a cutie!!

Sam said...

Thanks for sharing those pictures, Kaye. Beautiful place. But where are all the people? Is it really that quiet there or did you and Don chase everyone away until you got you those great photos?

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Thank you, L.J. - it's the hat! heeeee!

Sam, it does look as though we have the whole place pretty much to ourselves, doesn't it?! Actually, the day Donald and I were there it was really crowded, so I went back one day through the week thinking I would have it all to myself. not so. sigh. But I've gotten pretty good about cropping my photos! LOL!