Flat Rock, Henderson County, North Carolina
Flat Rock, North Carolina
Location of Flat Rock, North Carolina
|• Total||8.2 sq mi (21.3 km2)|
|• Land||8.1 sq mi (21.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|Elevation||2,205 ft (672 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||384/sq mi (148.2/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||985174|
Charles Baring and Susan Heyward Baring built Mountain Lodge in 1827 as the community became known as the "Little Charleston of the Mountains" due to an influx of wealthy summer residents from the South Carolina Low Country. Historic Flat Rock Inc. bought the abandoned house and sold it in 2014 to Julien Smythe, a descendant of an owner of Connemara who along with wife Lori renovated the house.
Historic Flat Rock Inc. began in 1968 after the loss of Ravenswood and began buying historic properties.
A number of buildings in the village are included in the Flat Rock Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also on the Register are Brookland and Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.
Flat Rock is located in south-central Henderson County at  It is bordered to the north by Hendersonville, the county seat, and to the east by unincorporated East Flat Rock. North Carolina Highway 225 (Greenville Highway) is the main road through the village, leading north 4 miles (6 km) to the center of Hendersonville and south 3 miles (5 km) to Zirconia. Asheville is 25 miles (40 km) to the north, and the South Carolina border is 8 miles (13 km) to the south.(35.266605, -82.453425).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21.3 km2), of which 8.1 square miles (21.0 km2) are land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2), or 1.56%, are water. The town is drained by King Creek and Meminger Creek, tributaries of the French Broad River and part of the Tennessee River watershed.
The elevation at the center of Flat Rock is 2,205 feet (672 m).
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,565 people, 1,169 households, and 937 families residing in the village. The population density was 327.1 people per square mile (126.3/km²). There were 1,459 housing units at an average density of 186.0 per square mile (71.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.83% White, 0.47% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.
There were 1,169 households out of which 15.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.5% were married couples living together, 1.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.8% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.46.
In the village, the population was spread out with 13.6% under the age of 18, 2.3% from 18 to 24, 13.4% from 25 to 44, 34.9% from 45 to 64, and 35.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 58 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $67,813, and the median income for a family was $81,811. Males had a median income of $55,263 versus $34,375 for females. The per capita income for the village was $42,222. About 0.3% of families and 1.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.
Arts and culture
Flat Rock is home to the Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theatre of North Carolina. The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church retreat Bonclarken is located in Flat Rock. It also is home to the main campus of Blue Ridge Community College.
The Historic Flat Rock Cultural Center and Museum opened in the former post office June 3, 2017.
- Mitchell Campbell King (1815–1901), 19th-century planter and physician.
- Christopher Memminger, the first Secretary of the Treasury for the Confederate States of America; had his summer home here which he called "Rock Hill," later called "Connemara".  He is interred in Flat Rock.
- Carl Sandburg lived in the village from 1945 until his death in 1967. His home, once owned by Memminger, is part of the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and a major tourist attraction in the village.
- Buffalo Bob Smith (1917–1998), TV host of long-running children's program "Howdy Doody," retired to the Kenmure section of Flat Rock, yet sometimes used a Hendersonville address.
- George A. Trenholm, a summer resident, was the second Secretary of the Treasury for the Confederacy from July 18, 1864, to April 27, 1865.
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