Flat Rock has been a summer resort since the early 19th century. It was a favorite of wealthy planters from Charleston eager to escape the Lowcountry heat. The trip from Charleston to Flat Rock by horse and carriage took as long as two weeks, so you know there must be something here that made the long trek worthwhile. Today, you can tour the home and farm where poet Carl Sandburg spent the last years of his life, take in some summer stock at the official state theater of North Carolina, or play a round of golf.
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