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Historic Village of
Flat Rock

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Flat Rock Playhouse
Carl Sandburg Home
St. John In the Wilderness Church

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Historic Village of Flat Rock
- The community 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 and enterprises. Flat Rock Merchants


Flat Rock Playhouse, State Theatre of North Carolina - was founded in 1952 by Robroy Farquhar and his Company of Vagabond Players. In 1961 by an Act of the North Carolina General Assembly, Flat Rock Playhouse was officially designated The State Theatre of North Carolina. Flat Rock Playhouse 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 YouTheatre program hosts over 600 students annually and instructs students ranging from pre-kindergarten to high school seniors and adult acting and dance.

Flat Rock Playhouse opened a satellite theater in Historic Downtown Hendersonville in 2011. The downtown theatre 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. For information and a complete lineup of shows and concerts visit or call 866-732-8008 or (828) 693-0731, 2661 Greenville Hwy. (Hwy. 225 South), Flat Rock, NC. 


Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
- Carl Sandburg, American poet, historian, author, and lecturer spent the final 22 years of his long and productive life at his estate, Connemara, in Flat Rock, NC. 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. Open year round visitors can take a tour of the house, visit the barn and meet the descendants of Mrs. Sandburg’s champion dairy goat herd and hike over five miles of trails, including a hike to the top of Glassy Mountain for an impressive view. Admission is charged only for guided tours of the home. Access to trails, grounds, barns and public areas is free. Special events are held throughout the year including summer plays at the amphitheater and a folk music festival on Memorial Day.

Admission is charged only for guided tours of the home. Access to the trails, grounds, barns and public areas are free of charge. The Park is open 9am – 5 pm, 7 days a week. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Days. Located 4 miles south of Hendersonville on Little River Road across from the Flat Rock Playhouse. (828) 693-4178.


St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church
, listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, offers a unique perspective of prominent families in southern and national history. 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. Located on 1895 Greenville Hwy. (Hwy. 225 South) in Flat Rock. For information call (828) 693-9783.


The Historic Woodfield Inn
was built in 1852, on 28 rolling acres as The Farmers Hotel. The Inn served as the first stage coach stop along the Old Indian Trail. During the Civil War, Confederate soldiers were garrisoned at the Inn to protect the Flat Rock community. Confederate soldiers hid gold and jewelry from Union Troops and renegades in a secret room that is still accessible from one of the second story rooms. Written on the inside wall of the secret room is reportedly the formula for making gun powder. After the turn of the century, the Inn was sold and renamed the Woodfield Inn. The Inn has been entered into the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn is now called the Mansouri Mansion. Located on Greenville Hwy in Flat Rock.

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