Community

Our fire district includes the following communities: Southern Hendersonville, Barker Heights, East Flat Rock, Upward, Tracy Grove, and Flat Rock. Below is a partial list of attractions and special places within these communities served by our department.

Woodfield Inn

Dating back to 1852, the elegant Woodfield Inn has graced 23 acres of lush forest and fields. The Inn has 18 Victorian era bedrooms and there's even a secret room where confederate soldiers hid money and jewelry used to finance the civil war. Every year a reenactment of a battle of the civil war is held here.

Flat Rock Playhouse

In 1937 Robroy Farquhar formed the Vagabond Players in New York City, and in 1941 discovered Flat Rock and decided to move the Players to NC. They converted an old grist mill into their first home--the Old Mill Playhouse located at Highland Lake, Flat Rock. The theatre later moved to it's current location just off of Little River Road, and in 1961 was designated the State Theater of North Carolina by joint resolution of the NC General Assembly. Flat Rock Playhouse was the third theater in the nation to be honored with such legislative designation.

Carl Sandburg Home

Carl Sandburg, nationally renowned poet, biographer, folksinger, and lecturer, provided broad and enduring 20th century insight into the circumstances, worth and spirit of the American people. He passionately championed for those who did not have words and power to speak for themselves. Midwesterner most of his life, Sandburg and his family moved to North Carolina, which offered the peace and solitude required for his writing and offered over 30 acres of pasture-land that Mrs. Sandburg desired to raise her champion dairy goats!

Having already achieved literary fame before moving in 1945, Sandburg continued to write and lecture, publishing more than one-third of his works during his 22 years at Connemara.

Today the site, managed by the National Park Service, preserves the Sandburg legacy for future generations. The historic site consists of the circa 1838 antebellum house, the 1900's dairy goat barn complex, sheds, rolling pastures, mountainside woods, walking/hiking trails, two small lakes, ponds, flower and vegetable gardens, and an orchard.