Flat Rock, called “The Little Charleston of the Mountains,” was an oasis during the 19th century as affluent plantation owners from the Low Country in South Carolina built English-style summer estates in the vicinity to escape the heat. Today, Flat Rock remains as charming as ever, with art studio and unique specialty shops. In fact, the entire district is on the National Register of Historic Places.
One of Flat Rock’s biggest attractions is the Carl Sandburg Home. Built in 1838, this 264 acre working farm is the former estate of poet and historical author Carl Sandburg. Sandburg spent the last 22 years of his life and wrote more than a third of his works here. A collection of Sandburg’s 10,000 books, papers and notes are on display, and five miles of hiking trails meander through the estate.
The Flat Rock Playhouse, North Carolina’s State Theatre, is located in the heart of the Historic Village of Flat Rock. This theatre gains national recognition for it professional performing company and theatre training programs. The playhouse season runs from April through December with more than 88,000 patrons enjoying the top-quality entertainment including Broadway musicals, comedies, dramas and theatre for young audiences. For more information and a schedule of upcoming productions visit: www.flatrockplayhouse.org