Eastern National Funds Help Lay Groundwork for Long-Term Improvements on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Jan 26, 2018Park Story

In 2017 the Blue Ridge Parkway received a $10,000 grant from Eastern National to help complete a Long Range Interpretive Plan for the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, which will guide the development of interpretive services and materials in the coming years. Combined with $5,000 from the park’s Eastern National annual donation account, the grant allowed the park to host a three day workshop facilitated by a specialist from the National Park Service’s Harpers Ferry Media Center in March. The workshop was attended by an interdisciplinary team of park and partner staff.

The completed Long Range Interpretive Plan is particularly important as the National Park Service prepares to expand the interpretive space in the Cone estate’s Flat Top Manor from 340 square feet to more than 2,000 square feet. The Moses H. Cone Memorial Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway provides a unique blend of natural, historical and cultural experiences to more than 70,000 visitors a year.

Photo: Moses Cone Manor

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