The entire district of the Village of Flat Rock is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Flat Rock began about a century and half ago with large summer estates being built in the English manner by the affluent Charlestonians, Europeans and prominent plantation owners of the South’s Low Country. The families of South Carolina’s Low Country came to Flat Rock to escape the sweltering heat, yellow fever and malaria. Summers in Flat Rock became a round of Southern gaiety in antebellum days. South Carolina’s Low Country gentry call Flat Rock "The Little Charleston of the Mountains."