Flat Rock is a city in Wayne County of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 8,488. Flat Rock is home to the AutoAlliance International manufacturing plant, co-owned by Ford Motor Company and Mazda Motor Corporation. As of 2005 it produces the Mazda 6 and the 2007 Ford Mustang. Also, Flat Rock is home to the famous Flat Rock Speedway, though the track is technically located in Ash Township in neighboring Monroe County.
Flat Rock was founded by Michael Vreeland, and his five grown sons, between 1811 and 1820. Michael had been captured by British Rangers during the Revolutionary War..and released after American Independence.. The family purchased ..The town was called the Village of Vreeland until 1838 when the Vreeland family sold off the majority of the land, and relinquished control of the area. the Vreeland families built the first grain and lumber mill, having brought the grinding stones from New York. descendents of Michael Vreeland still live in the town, and attend Flat Rock public schools, they are the seventh generation to reside in the town their family founded.
In the last 10 years Flat Rock has grown from a sleepy suburb on the fringes of Wayne County to a booming development area. Property values have substantially increased and population in the next census is also expected to increase. New construction projects begun or completed since 2000 include:
In 1818, a land office opened in Detroit and Soloman Sibley purchased of land. In 1824 it was sold to Michael and Jaob Vreeland. The Villages of Vreelandt and Smooth Rock were platted on part of this acerage. At this time there were Huron, Seneca, and Wyandot Indian villages in the area.
With the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, large numbers of people, especially from New York, came to Michigan to settle. By 1828 the village had four stores, two saw mills, a wood carding mill, a flour mill, and 250 inhabitants - serving as a center mainly for farmers who lived in the area immediately surrounding the settlement.
The Village of Flat Rock was platted and recorded in 1838 by the Gibraltar and Flat Rock Land Co. They were attempting to build a canal to connect Lake Erie with Lake Michigan. This effort ultimately failed.
Henry Ford was attracted to the water power of the Huron River and in 1925 he established the Ford Motor Company Lamp Factory along its banks.
The area was incorporated as a village in 1923 and as a city in 1965. The City of Flat Rock today contains 6.68 square miles and the population in 2006 is approximately 10,000. While Flat Rock is a rapidly growing community today, even with its growth, it remains a unique "small town" with many of its residents having roots reaching back to the 1800s.
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