The National Park Service has been soliciting proposals from parties interested in entering into a ten-year contract to sell crafts at Flat Top Manor in the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park at Milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Otherwise known as the Parkway Craft Center, the Colonial Revival mansion was constructed at the turn of the twentieth century by philanthropist and conservationist Cone, who had made his mark in the textile industry. Although it is closed in winter, approximately 225,000 visitors pass through the manor each year. The space offered is located on the first floor of the building, and it has been used for retailing locally-made Appalachian handcrafts for 60 years. The current tenant is the Southern Highland Craft Guild, which runs the Parkway Craft Center. The park service is reducing the amount of space for the retailer to 1,500 square feet, to include the music room, billiard room, side hallway, office, sun porch, and basement storage. Another tenant Eastern National, which runs a bookstore. Interested parties were to submit applications, available with instructions on nps.gov, by September 28. Award of the contract is subject to availability of funds. The 575 concessioners currently contracted with the NPS do approximately $1 billion in business annually.