September 3, 2020

A Lowndes family history

Since the early days of the colony that became known as “The Little Charleston of the Mountains,” the Lowndes family of Charleston was here. Of English descent, they were planters who made their fortunes in sugar and rice and public servants who...

September 3, 2020

Flat Rock’s historic Tanglewood

Flat Rock has a beautifully restored new Airbnb, Tanglewood. Located on Greenville Hwy., right in the historic district and within walking distance to Little Rainbow Row, Tanglewood is owned by Virginia Spigener, the proprietor of The Wri...

August 10, 2020

Just down the road from Flat Rock, is Tuxedo, North Carolina, the heart of the Green River Township. Once a vibrant mill village, Tuxedo was founded in 1907 by Joseph Oscar Bell, Sr.; he along with his brother-in-law, J.A. Durham and S. B. Tanner, formed a textile mill...

July 1, 2020

Camp Ton-a-wandah. Image courtesy Jane Izard.

Since the early 1900s, thousands of children have packed their trunks for an annual pilgrimage to summer camps in North Carolina. Camps play a large role in Henderson County and the arrival of the camp season is what draws m...

June 4, 2020

Anne “Annie” Guerard Coletta was born and raised in Charleston and spent her summers in Flat Rock, North Carolina, where her family has gathered for generations. She is the direct descendant of six former South Carolina governors:  Thomas Smith, Rawlins Lowndes, Robert...

May 19, 2020

Seventh in a series on Flat Rock

Alexander Campbell King, Jr. In front of Argyle.

Recently, my husband, Sandy, and I had the most delightful visit with Alexander Campbell King III, owner of Argyle in Flat Rock, North Carolina. It was Mr. King’s 91st birthday, so we celeb...

April 6, 2020

Sixth in a series on Flat Rock

Julien Smythe is no stranger to Flat Rock. His ancestors have a longstanding history with the area. Originally from Charleston, Julien grew up spending summers at his family‘s Flat Rock summer home, Many Pines. Julien’s great uncle, Captai...

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