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National Register approves new Historic Flat Rock designation

Hopewood is among dozens of historic homes in Flat Rock. Hopewood is among dozens of historic homes in Flat Rock.

The expanded Flat Rock Historic District had been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Listed in the National Register for more than 40 years, the Flat Rock Historic District was the subject of a massive study by volunteers with Historic Flat Rock Inc. and a paid consultant. The study re-examined the boundaries and produced a new nomination that fully describes and delineates the historic buildings and landscapes in the resort community. It reexamined the town's 20th century development and architecture through 1965. The nomination redrew boundaries to remove areas that had lost their historic integrity through new construction and subdivision redevelopment and add intact acreage associated with the estates and year-round resort growth.

Historic Flat Rock was among 18 individual properties and districts across the state added to the National Register of Historic Places, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources announced.
 
"North Carolina is a leader in the nation's historic preservation movement, and the National Register is a vital tool in the preservation of our state's historic resources" Susan Kluttz, Secretary of North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, said in a news release. "If we count all of the buildings classified as contributing to the significance of historic districts listed in the Register, it is estimated that North Carolina has approximately 75,000 National Register properties."
 
The listing of a property in the National Register places no obligation or restriction on a private owner using private resources to maintain or alter the property. Over the years, various federal and state incentives have been introduced to assist private preservation initiatives, including tax credits for the rehabilitation of National Register properties. As of Jan. 1, 2015, more than 3,100 rehabilitation projects with an estimated private investment of over $1.96 billion have been completed, the state agency said.