Flat Rock is a community just south of Hendersonville. It began when affluent people from Charleston, Europe, and plantation owners of the South's low country built large summer estates in the mountains. These families came to escape the sweltering heat of South Carolina and the epidemic of yellow fever and malaria. They affectionately called Flat Rock The Little Charleston of the Mountains.
Today, the entire village of Flat Rock is part of the National Register of Historic Places. It is home to many attractions such as: The Flat Rock Playhouse, the Carl Sandburg Home, the State Theater of North Carolina, the Historic Woodfield Inn, and St. John Episcopal Church. Flat Rock also has many unique specialty shops and restaurants..