Flat Rock view of Sandburg home, Creative Commons image on Flickr by Steven Martin
Flat Rock, North Carolina, the home of one of the nation’s top ten summer theaters, is a wonderful place to enjoy a play. Begun in a tent by actor/director/producer Robroy Farquhar in 1953, it presents about ten Broadway musicals, dramas, and comedies each year. Its seasonal actors have included stars like Lee Marvin, Pat Hingle, and Burt Reynolds. In 1958 poet Carl Sandburg, who had recently moved to the community, began a long creative relationship with the Playhouse. The associated Vagabond School of Drama offers an intensive intern-training program for aspiring actors. In 1961 the North Carolina General Assembly designated the Flat Rock Playhouse the State Theater of North Carolina in recognition of its artistic achievements.
Below is the Digital Heritage Moment as broadcast on the radio:
- Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Church In May 1867, having been led by the spirit of God, newly freed slaves from Charleston joined with their ministers to establish the Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Church in East Flat Rock, […]
- Happy Land In 1865, a band of former slaves newly freed in Mississippi began searching for a new home. They settled near Tuxedo in Henderson County, North Carolina. They eventually bought 200 acres […]
- Carl Sandburg Nestled deep in Appalachia, in Flat Rock, North Carolina, is Connemara, a beautiful 245-acre farm. It is world-renowned for producing prized dairy goats. It is famous for another reason, as well. . .
- Buncombe Turnpike
To truly appreciate the value and impact of western North Carolina’s historic Buncombe Turnpike it is useful to have a basic geographic understanding of the region it […]
- John Parris, 1976
Parris Receives Heritage Award/John Parris Receives Award During Mountain Heritage Day Festivities
Asheville Citizen/ The Reporter
Oct. 17th 1976 / Oct. 20th 1976