Why is preserving our cultural landscape important?

Neglect and inappropriate development put our irreplaceable landscape legacy increasingly at risk. Too often today’s short-sighted decisions threaten the survival and continuity of our shared heritage. In Flat Rock, we are the inheritors of the work of generations before us, those who planned and built this area to be a place of quiet and charm, of woodlands and pastures, rock work and mountain streams—a respite from the hurried pace of daily life.

That feeling—of coming home, of slowing down—is what so many of us respond to when we make the decision to live in Flat Rock. That feeling, ephemeral as it is, is tied to our landscape. Things we don’t even consciously notice—the flowing curves on Rutledge, the tree canopy on Trenholm, the dips and climbs on Little River, the glimpse of the dam on N. Highland Lake—are what we value in our community and are what give Flat Rock its sense of place.

How do we protect our cultural landscape while allowing for necessary changes?

This is what we need to determine as a community. We need to be proactive, not reactive. We need to let NCDOT, the FBRMPO, the Henderson County TAC, and our own village council know what we expect and what we will support in terms of projects in Flat Rock. But first we need to do the hard work ourselves of establishing the guidelines and criteria for the cultural landscape we want to see preserved.

 

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