The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Flat Rock

(Including nearby Tuxedo and Zirconia)

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   Carl Sandburg Farm in Flat Rock NC

Woodfield Inn in Flat Rock NC, pen & ink drawing by Lee James Pantas  St. John in the Wilderness Church, pen & ink drawing by Lee James Pantas   Connemara, Carl Sandburg Farm, in Flat Rock NC, pen & ink drawing by Lee James Pantas   The Flat Rock Playhouse, pen & ink drawing by Lee James Pantas   Bon Clarken Retreat Center in Flat Rock NC, pen & ink drawing by Lee James Pantas
Prints of Flat Rock attractions -available online thru Cherry Orchard Studio

Flat Rock, North Carolina

Flat Rock NC began about a century and a half ago with large summer estates being built in the English manner by the affluent Charlestonians, Europeans and prominent plantation owners of the South’s low country. The first great estate was built in 1827 by Charles Baring of Baring Brothers Banking firm of London, consisting of 3,000 acres, which he named Mountain Lodge. Baring also built a private chapel on his estate which is now St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church. The second large estate was built by Judge Mitchell King of Charleston, South Carolina, and was named Argyle. He later donated the land on which Hendersonville was built and directed the laying out of Main Street.
   Many other coastal families soon followed, until the settlement grew to about fifty estates. They came to Flat Rock to escape the sweltering heat, yellow fever and malaria, which were running rampant. Summers in Flat Rock became a round of southern gaiety in antebellum days. South Carolina’s low country gentry called Flat Rock “The Little Charleston of the Mountains.” 
   Most of these old estate homes still stand, surrounded by wide lawns, gardens, towering trees and graced by white pillar porches. A few of these gracious homes remain in the possession of the families of the original owners although many of these grand estates are now planned communities.
   Flat Rock is built around a tremendous outcropping of granite which is said to have been the site of Cherokee gatherings. A great deal of rock has been blasted away and used for highway material. The main “rock” can be found on the grounds of the Flat Rock Playhouse.  Besides the Flat Rock Playhouse, the other main attraction in Flat Rock is Connemara,  the Carl Sandburg Home, now a State Historic Site open to the public.
   Nearby Tuxedo is home to the Green River "Discovery Day" held in October showcasing the heritage of the community of Green River through arts and crafts, music, games for children and adults, storytelling and good food. “Discover” how things were done in the good old days! Festivities take place on the grounds of the old community store across from the old mill site on US Hwy 225 right in the heart of Tuxedo.

 

Resources
City Website: Flat Rock
: Town Offices, 2685 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock NC 28731; 828-697-8100
Location:
Central Mountains. 45 minutes south of Asheville
History of Flat Rock:
Historic Flat Rock
County:
Henderson County: County Offices, 1 Historic Courthouse Square, Hendersonville NC 28792; 828-697-4809
Elevation & Population:
2,205 feet, 2,500+
Visitor/Welcome Center:
Hendersonville/ Flat Rock Visitors Information Center 201 South Main Street, Hendersonville NC 28792; 800-828-4244
Merchants Association Website: Flat Rock Merchants Association
County Chamber of Commerce:
Henderson County Chamber of Commerce 204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville NC 28739; 828-692-1413
Newspaper: Hendersonville Times-News 1717 Four Seasons Blvd, Hendersonville, NC 28792; 828-692-0505.
Movie Theatres: Flat Rock Cinema First-run foreign, independent and classic films. 2700 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock NC 28731; 828-697-2463
High School: East Henderson High School, 110 Upward Road, East Flat Rock NC 28726; 828-697-4768
Colleges and Universities: Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock NC 28731; 828-694-1700
Hospitals: (Nearest) Pardee Hospital, 800 North Justice Street, Hendersonville NC 28791; 866-790-9355
Area Major Festivals: North Carolina Apple Festival (September), Green River "Discovery Day" (October)
Area Natural Attractions: Apple Orchards in Henderson County, Dupont State Forest, Holmes Educational State Forest, Pisgah National Forest
Area Cultural Attractions:
Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock Playhouse
 


Real Estate

Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
Fine Dining
Season's Restaurant: (American) Highland Lake Inn, 86 Lily Pad Lane, Flat Rock NC 28731;  800-758-8130

Casual & Family Dining
Cracker Barrel Restaurant: (American) 105 Commercial Boulevard, Flat Rock NC 28731; 828-692-5560
Orr's Family Restaurant: (American) 3228 Spartanburg Highway, Flat Rock NC 28731; 828-693-8000

Overseas & Exotic
Hubba Hubba Smokehouse: (BBQ) 2724 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock NC 28731; 828-694-3551

Cafes & Grills
Village Cafe & Pub: (Cafe) 2770 Greenville Highway, Flat rock NC 28731; 828-692-5770

Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Accommodations
Resorts
Highland Lake Inn: (Resort) 86 Lily Pad Lane, Flat Rock NC 28731; 800-758-8130

Hotels, Inns & Lodges

Mansouri Mansion: (County Inn)  2905 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock NC 28731
; 828-693-6016

Motels
Holiday Inn Express: (Motel) 111 Commercial Boulevard, Flat Rock, NC 28731; 800-465-4329
Mountain Lodge & Conference Center: (Motel) 42 McMurray Road, Flat Rock NC 28731, 828-693-9910

Cabins, Cottages & Chalets
Highland Lake Inn: (Cabins & Cottages) 116 Water Lily Drive, Flat Rock NC 28731; 800-762-1376
Lakemont Cottages:(Cottages) 100 Lakemont Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731; 828-693-5174

Campgrounds
Lakewood RV Resort: (RV Campground) 915 Ballenger Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731; 888-819-4200
Park Place RV Park: (RV Campground) 501 South Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731; 828-693-3831

Rental Agencies
Highland Lake Properties: (Rentals) PO Box 1348, Flat Rock NC 28731; 828-692-1359

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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