Story by Andrew List
Although Flat Rock consists of only a few roads on the map, there is no lack of variety within its borders.
Flat Rock boasts a rich history, according to Bill Drown, a local resident knowledgeable about the community that dates back to 1841.
Drown explains the Ebenezer Orphans Home of the Evangelical Association of North America came to the area in 1871 and was a national institution that put Flat Rock on the map. Now the site has a few new structures but is now called Flat Rock Care Center & Flat Rock Community Services for MR/DD children.
Today the community is still very active and, on Wednesday, was preparing for its famous Fourth of July parade that files down Main Street. There are no restrictions for entrance into the parade and it attracts people from neighboring communities such as Bellevue and Fremont to come watch the festivities. Taylor Chapman, 14, said he planned to ride his unicycle while juggling and passing out candy to spectators. Chapman said he practiced for weeks.
The atmosphere of the town was very calm on Wednesday. Arriving at 8 a.m. there were not too many people up and about except for Frank Akers, who was painting the church flagpole. Akers is the Trustee Chairman at the church and takes pride in all that he does to keep the church in tip top condition.
I stopped by the Flat Rock post office which serves the entire 44828 zip code. Elaine Schultz was working that Wednesday as the Officer In Charge and kindly welcomed me both into her workplace and the community.
Venturing further into Flat Rock I met the Chapman family. The family this past winter started making lap blankets for young cancer patients at St. Jude’s Hospital. After calculating that it would be over $500 in gasoline expenses alone the family considered patients that are a little more local.
So their plan is to make almost 200 lap blankets for terminally ill children at Toledo Hospital. Everyone in the Chapman family participates in either measuring cutting or tying the fabric to make the blankets and they hope to have them done by the end of July.