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Historic Flat Rock

The Village of Flat Rock, considered "the Little Charleston of the Mountains," originated in the early nineteenth century as a summer retreat for wealthy families from Charleston and Europe, as well as some of the South's leading plantation owners. Most of the old estate homes still stand, surrounded by wide lawns, gardens, white pillar porches, and towering trees. The entire Flat Rock district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Flat Rock is built around a tremendous outcrop of granite which is said to have been the site of Cherokee gatherings. Though much rock has been blasted away for use in highway construction, the main rock can be found on the grounds of the Flat Rock Playhouse.

Places of interest within Historic Flat Rock include the St. John in the Wilderness Chapel, the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, and the Flat Rock Playhouse.


Historic Flat Rock is located three miles south of Hendersonville, NC off of the Greenville Hwy/Route 225 (formerly US 25).

For more information, contact:

Henderson County Travel & Tourism
Visitor Center
201 South Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828) 693-9708


Historic Flat Rock

Flat Rock, NC

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