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HFR’s White-Flowering Native Teaching Garden

HFR’s White-Flowering Native Teaching Garden

This new, work-in-progress garden surrounds the recently installed kiosk in HFR’s Preserve and Bird Sanctuary. Why white-flowering? 1. White flowers cool and calm. In a sanctuary, that’s important!2.As dusk falls, colors fade while white pops!3.The bloom color of many...

The Dam House by Jane Izard

The Dam House by Jane Izard

“Flat Rock was one of the places my grandfather was the happiest,” says Frank Maybank. That grandfather, Dr. Joseph Maybank, along with his wife, owned the Dam House at Highland Lake in Flat Rock. Highland Lake and the Maybank, Rhett and Aiken families have a long...

The Little Hill by Jane Izard

The Little Hill by Jane Izard

The Little Hill has “always been a welcome place for everyone,” says Patty Laurens Adams. This beautiful property near the center of Flat Rock has been a part of the Laurens family since 1907. Her great-grandfather, Henry Rutledge Laurens of Charleston, purchased the...

Unchanged Springtime by Ella Oursler

Unchanged Springtime by Ella Oursler

Robert Cuthbert’s book, Flat Rock of the Old Time, takes us on a journey through the largest historic district in all of North Carolina, as reflected in letters penned by the people who founded it. I would like to thank Mr. Cuthbert for generously permitting HFR...

‘Many Pines’ home of many Flat Rock memories by Jane Izard

‘Many Pines’ home of many Flat Rock memories by Jane Izard

“My family has owned this house for over 100 years,” says Langdon Edmunds Oppermann. The house she is referring to is Many Pines, a beautiful complex consisting of a main house and its outbuildings in Flat Rock. Langdon jokingly tells me the house is “constant...

Flat Rock’s Elliott Place by Jane Izard

Flat Rock’s Elliott Place by Jane Izard

“A house should have a purpose, as should all people,” says Marty Whaley Adams Cornwell, Charleston native and nationally recognized artist. She was telling me this when we spoke about her beautiful home in Flat Rock called Elliott Place. She and her mother, Mrs....

The Holy City’s long shadow upon Flat Rock by Jane Izard

The Holy City’s long shadow upon Flat Rock by Jane Izard

Flat Rock or “Little Charleston in the Mountains” is a special place for many Charlestonians, as most readers know; hence, it deserves a series about many of the historic homes dripped in pluff mud. Located 22 miles south of Asheville, this quaint village was “named...

Connemara’s charm, Charleston connections by Jane Izard

Connemara’s charm, Charleston connections by Jane Izard

In the mid 1830s, Charles Memminger of Charleston ventured to Flat Rock is search of a summer home. Unable to find something that he liked, he purchased land and hired an architect to build a large dwelling he named Rock Hill. Today the house is known by a different...

A New Tradition unfolds in Flat Rock

Historic Flat Rock, Inc. has just announced a new program which will reward preservation efforts within the Flat Rock Historic District. Flat Rock, NC is the largest historic district in the state of North Carolina. Within the district you will see homes, businesses,...