MOSES H. CONE JULIAN PRICE MEMORIAL PARK

The late 19th century saw the emergence of a new upper class, composed of those men who had made their fortunes in the Gilded Age. Textile entrepreneur Moses H. Cone purchased 3,600 acres of land near Blowing Rock and built one of North Carolina's premier turn-of-the-century country estates. Julian Price, an insurance executive, in the late 1930s and early 1940s, bought thousands of acres of land to create a retreat for the employees of the Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company. Both the Cone and Price lands were later given to the Parkway.

It offers a wide variety of recreational activities, including miles of hiking and horse trails, boating and fishing, camping and
picnic areas, mountain handicraft demonstrations and sales, and daily guided walks and evening campfire programs.

OTHER LODGING
Several motels, bed-and-breakfast inns, and log cabin rentals are available nearby.
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PLACES TO VISIT:

  • Visitor Center - A visitor information desk, bookstore, and craft center are all located in the Cone Manor House (milepost 294.0). Linn Cove visitor center (milepost 304) features a model of the Linn Cove Viaduct, an engineering marvel and the last section of the Parkway completed.
  • Picnic Area - The Price picnic area (milepost 296.4) has 100 sites and handicap accessible comfort stations.
  • Cone Park - In addition to the historic manor house, there is a family cemetery, carriage barn and apple barn. Interpretive talks are frequently given during the summer on the steps of the Cone Manor House.
  • Parkway Craft Center - The Southern Highland Handicraft Guild operates the Parkway Craft Center inside the Cone Manor House that features contemporary and traditional mountain crafts as well as demonstrations by Guild craftsmen during the summer months.

THINGS TO DO:

  • Interpretive programs - There is a 300-seat amphitheater located at the Price Park Campground (milepost 297) where interpretive talks are given during the summer months. Interpretive talks, demonstrations, and guided walks are also given throughout the Cone and Price Parks during the summer months.
  • Trails - The Cone/Price area has more trails than any other developed area on the Parkway. There are more than 26 miles of historic carriage roads for hiking and horseback riding on the Cone estate. Visitors may bring their own horses or take advantage of trail rides offered on the Carriage Trails by neighboring Blowing Rock Stables. The Cone Carriage Trails range from easy to moderate. Several strenuous trails can be hiked within Price Memorial Park. Price Campground offers direct access to three trails, including the ingeniously engineered Tanawha Trail, total length 13.5 miles, half of which is on Grandfather Mountain. The five-mile strenuous Boone Fork Loop Trail is accessible from both the campground and the picnic area.
  • Fishing - There are several fishing opportunities in the Cone/Price area. Anyone with a valid Virginia or North Carolina fishing license is welcome, but please check at the visitor center or at Price Campground for any special regulations.
  • Canoe/Boat Rentals - During the summer months, there is a boat dock located on Price Lake at the campground. No motorized craft or sailboats are permitted.

Moses H. Cone Memorial and Visitor Center
Milepost 293 near the town of Blowing Rock. Today the rambling white manor house is home to a craft shop displaying the work of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. The mansion faces a picturesque lake, and the grounds are threaded with miles of hiking trails and include two trout ponds (check at the center for fishing information).


 

 

 

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