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Historic Village of Flat Rock began when affluent Charlestonians, Europeans and prominent plantation owners of the South's low country built large summer estates in the English manner. The families of South Carolina's Low Country came to Flat Rock to escape the sweltering heat and the epidemic of yellow fever and malaria. South Carolina's Low Country gentry affectionately called Flat Rock The Little Charleston of the Mountains. The entire district of Flat Rock is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Historic Flat Rock is home to several attractions such as: The Flat Rock Playhouse, State Theatre of NC; the Carl Sandburg Home NHS; and St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church as well as many unique specialty shops, restaurants, and enterprises.


Flat Rock Playhouse, State Theatre of North Carolina - produces a variety of comedies, musicals, farces, and dramas, which range from World Premieres to the latest from Broadway and London to the Classics. The Flat Rock Playhouse theatre downtown is home to the “Music on the Rock” Concert Series, performing a mix of beloved favorites that span the worlds of Broadway, country, bluegrass, pop, and rock. Located at 125 South Main Street, provides an intimate setting with 250 seats in a horse shoe around the stage.

The Playhouse presents shows from February through December. 2661 Greenville Hwy. (Hwy. 225 South), Flat Rock, NC. 866-732-8008 or (828) 693-0731 www.flatrockplayhouse.org

Flat Rock Playhouse  

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is where Carl Sandburg, American poet, historian, author, and lecturer spent the final 22 years of his long and productive life at his estate, Connemara. The home, originally built in 1838, displays the Sandburg’s furnishing as they lived at Connemara from 1945-1968, including Carl Sandburg’s collection of 12,000 books. A tour of the home shares Sandburg’s life as a writer, journalist, folk singer, social activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and biographer. Visit the barn and descendants of Mrs. Sandburg’s champion dairy goat herd and hike over five miles of trails. Access to trails, grounds, barns and public areas is free.

Admission is charged only for guided tours of the home. Access to the trails, grounds, barns and public areas are free of charge. Open 9am-5pm, 7 days a week. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Days.1800 Little River Rd., Flat Rock, NC (828) 693-4178. www.nps.gov/carl

St John in the Wilderness

St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. St. John in the Wilderness was built as a private chapel in 1833, on the grounds of Charles and Susan Barings' home, Mountain Lodge. The church was deeded to the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina in 1936.

Many well-known members of southern aristocracy have family plots in the churchyard; those names include: Christopher Memminger, first secretary of the Confederate treasury; Rev. John Drayton, developer of the world-famous Magnolia Gardens of Charleston; members of the families of three signers of the Declaration of Independence; Major General Edward P. King, Jr., of the United States Army who led the defense of the Bataan Peninsula in the Battle of Bataan against the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in World War II. The church and graveyard are open Tues. - Sun. from 9am-4pm for visitation. 1895 Greenville Hwy. (Hwy. 225 South) in Flat Rock. (828) 693-9783. www.stjohnflatrock.episcopalwnc.org

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