Boone, North Carolina – Moses Cone Memorial Park

A few months back, in the Fall, we took a trip to Boone, North Carolina with some family for a fun weekend trip. It’s such a pretty area of the state. My Grandmother’s family hails from the area just Northeast of Boone at the border of Virginia and North Carolina and every couple of years we visit the area for a large family reunion. Perhaps this explains why I’ve felt ownership equally to both states, Virginia, where I lived for the first 20 or so years, and North Carolina, for now going on 12.

Boone, North Carolina, Photo by Michelle Smith

This particular trip was with my husband’s family and we took our daughter and nieces to Tweetsie Railroad, an amusement park lite, geared towards small kids with a steam powered train, rides and junk food. When not at the park, we were able to catch glimpses of the beautiful surrounding scenery through hikes at local parks.

Boone, North Carolina, Photo by Michelle Smith

One such site was the Moses Cone Memorial Park, a hundred year old country estate overlooking the most beautiful landscape of rolling hills, mountains and a lake.

Boone, North Carolina, Photo by Michelle Smith

I remember visiting this site once before when I was in high school. I was taken by their gift shop filled with traditional North Carolina crafts, and by of course, that spectacular view. I remember thinking that I wouldn’t mind living here.

Boone, North Carolina, Photo by Michelle Smith

Moses Cone is the man behind Cone Mills, the denim and fabric mill in Greensboro, North Carolina. Their mill has been revitalized and championed in part by local denim brands Raleigh Workshop, and more recently Lumina, two young entrepreneurial companies helping to usher in the trend of locally manufactured wares.

Boone, North Carolina, Photo by Michelle Smith

Boone, North Carolina, Photo by Michelle Smith

Boone, North Carolina, Photo by Michelle Smith

On the weekend that we visited the leaves were just at their peak of color. It was terribly cold but fun to escape the more temperate weather that we had been having in Raleigh.

 

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