Watauga Tourism And Development Grants $300,000 To Moses Cone Park (2016-12-02 13:18:29)

Watauga County Tourism and Development Authority has committed a grant of $300,000 towards the rehabilitation of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.

“The Watauga County Tourism and Development Authority is pleased to be able to invest in the future of one of our area’s iconic attractions,” Executive Director Wright Tilley said. “The Blue Ridge Parkway and Moses Cone Estate are often mentioned by visitors as two significant reasons for visiting our area. The estate offers our visitors a variety of activities and some spectacular scenic views.  We are happy to help improve and preserve this Boone-area landmark for future generations of travelers to enjoy.”

Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors explore and enjoy Moses H. Cone Memorial Park at milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here they find history and the magnificent landscape of the 3,500-acre estate once owned by textile magnate Moses H. Cone.

“We are so grateful for this grant from the Watauga TDA,” said Carolyn Ward, CEO of the Foundation. “This funding will go a long way toward ensuring that Flat Top Manor and the surrounding grounds continue to draw visitors and impart a fascinating aspect of the region’s history.”

Earlier this year, the Foundation set out to raise $3 million to address the park’s extensive rehabilitation and maintenance, including a fire suppression system and structural repairs at Flat Top Manor, the clearing of carriage trails, and addition of interpretive signs and materials. To date, the nonprofit has secured $1.4 million dollars in gifts and pledges on the way to the goal. Funding has been provided by individual donors, proceeds from the first annual Denim Ball, and grants from the Anonymous Trust, Cannon Foundation, Covington Foundation, Kennedy Family Foundation, Watauga County Tourism and Development Authority, and Wilson Family Foundation.

The Foundation will continue to raise the remaining $1.6 million through support by individuals, community groups, and businesses. The second annual Denim Ball, a night of dinner, dancing, and auctions, is set for August 4, 2017, in Blowing Rock.