March 15 – November 30 open daily 9am – 5pm
Parkway Craft Center
On March 15th, Parkway Craft Center, located at Milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, opened its doors to begin the 61st season at Moses Cone Manor.
Visitors enjoy a marriage of spectacular views, Georgian Revival architecture and stunning handmade crafts at the Manor House. Parkway Craft Center is one of five shops of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and features work from over 300 Southern Appalachian craftspeople. Work on display includes clay, glass, leather, fiber, jewelry, wood, natural materials, paper and metal. Whether visitors are looking for a special accent piece for the home or a unique gift for a special occasion, they will find the perfect selection.
Everyone knows about the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but the Boone-Blowing Rock area is especially fortunate to have the Moses Cone Memorial Park. With 3600 acres of pristine mountain terrain and the Manor House, a wide variety of activities is available at no cost to the public.
The Moses Cone Manor house, completed in 1901, is an impressive piece of period architecture popping out of the mountain landscape. The walk down the steps provides a breath-taking view of Bass Lake below and the surrounding mountains accented by the always changing sky. The combination of the architecture, landscape and the beauty of the regional crafts available at Parkway Craft Center offer something for everyone.
A visit to Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and Parkway Craft Center is a great way to kick off spring in the mountains. Consider this unique way to spend a day: beautiful scenery, skillfully made crafts, educational demonstrations and 25 miles of hiking trails. The entrance is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 294 between the entrances at US 321 and US 221.
The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1930 to bring together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation. The Southern Highland Craft Guild is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.