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Textile magnate Moses Cone,
known as the " Denim King "
(inset) created Bass Lake as
part of his estate.

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potting workers crafting a mansion in the mountains of Western North Carolina must have
been quite a novelty in the late
1800s. George Vanderbilt created his massive Biltmore Estate
during that era in Asheville,
but he wasn't the only one with lofty
shelter goals. A little more than 75 miles
to the northeast, Moses Cone, known as
the " Denim King, " worked on his own
expansive summer home near Blowing
Rock.
While George Vanderbilt scooped up
125,000 acres for his estate in Asheville,
Moses Cone set his sights on the High
Country of North Carolina, where he
bought, between the years of 1892 and
1908, more than 3,600 acres.
It's stunning in today's high-priced
real estate market to realize how cheaply
he acquired mountain-top views. In the
book, " Mansion of the Mountains, " author Philip Noblitt writes, " Cone paid
$29,000 for roughly 3,650 acres of land,
for an average per-acre cost of $7.95. As
might be expected, prices varied from
tract to tract, but largely remained in the
range of five to ten dollars. "
Cone reportedly fashioned his home
after Biltmore, but it was significantly
modest in scale. Vanderbilt created a
250-room house spread over 175,000
square-feet, complete with indoor bowl-

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ing alley, swimming pool
and a multitude of priceless treasures set amid
carefully
landscaped
grounds.
In comparison, the
white Colonial Revival
manor home Cone built,
known as Flat Top Manor, encompassed about
13,000 square feet and
boasted 23 rooms including
11 bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a billiard
room, music room and library.
Cone also paid attention to the landscaping and outdoor recreation. He
gained advice from his friend, noted
conservationist Gifford Pinchot, who
served as the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Pinchot is known for his
landscaping and conservation work at
Biltmore Estate. At Pinchot's suggestion, Cone planted white pine forests
and hemlock hedges. He also created 25
miles of carriage trails on his property as
well as three manmade lakes (Bass Lake
is perhaps the most popular with guests
with its easy walking loop and serene
surroundings), flower gardens and he
added 32,000 apple trees, known for producing prize-winning fruit. Those trees
were planted in four orchards spread out
across 200 acres and included 80 different apple varieties.

BECOMING THE " DENIM
KING "
Moses Cone was born in
Jonesborough,
Tennessee in 1857. The family
soon moved to Baltimore
where his father ran a dry
goods and grocery business. His father had immigrated to the U.S. from
Bavaria, Germany. When
he arrived in this country, his name was Herman Kahn, but he
changed his last name to Cone.
By 1878, Moses and his brother Ceasar
were full partners in their father's business and it became known as H. Cone &
Sons. Moses and Ceasar were the oldest
sons of 13 children. They spent a decade
as traveling salesmen in the South. Times
were rough economically and many customers could only offer baled textiles
and yarn in payment for groceries. Accepting those goods led to a whole new
career opportunity as the Cone brothers
became commissioned sales agents for
some of the textile companies.
As they achieved success, other opportunities continued to evolve. In 1891,
Moses created the Cone Export & Commission Company in New York City and
then moved the headquarters to Greensboro, North Carolina in 1893. Then
in 1895, Moses and Ceasar launched a


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