The Village of Flat Rock, considered “the Little Charleston of the Mountains,” originated in the early 19th 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.
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