North Carolina-Moses Cone-December 16

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-December 16

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

One of the pioneering textile entrepreneur in the State of North Carolina was Moses Cone.


The eldest son of immigrants from Bavaria, Moses and his brother, Ceasar, began contracting with southern mill owners to market their textiles in 1891. They opened their own mill in Greensboro in 1895, and, by 1902, were operating White Oak Mill, the largest denim manufacturer in the world at the time.


Moses Cone was a conservationist and philanthropist. He died in 1908 at the age of 51. He was buried in Blowing Rock on his 3,600-acre country estate, now part of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Cone was also an advocate for education. He gave four dollars to the schools of Blowing Rock for every dollar raised by its citizens, and contributed to the start of Appalachian State University, serving on its original board.

Campus of App State in Boone, NC shown below.


After his death his widow, Bertha, sustained the estate until it was left to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro upon her death in 1947.





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