Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Flat Rock, North Carolina
Known as "America's Poet", Carl Sandburg was already famous when his beloved wife, Lillian, talked him into purchasing this farm near Flat Rock and moving here from Chicago in 1945.
Lillian was a successful goat breeder and she wanted a warmer climate in which to raise her goats.
This 245 acre farm, named Connemara, with it's well established fields, barns and outbuildings was a perfect choice. Here Lillian tended the goat farm while Carl Sandburg was free to hike and write to his heart's content. He also came to love these gentle mountains and produced almost a third of his total life's work here. Renowned as a champion of the working man and woman, Sandburg eventually won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work.
Today, the Carl Sandburg home and farm is maintained as a National Historic Site in a low key way that Sandburg would have appreciated.Near the entrance, a small park building has displays that highlight Sandburg's life and poetry. Beside the building, a lovely pond reflects the graceful image of the large white frame house that sits high above the pond in a green meadow surrounded by forest. First time visitors may want to take the 30 minute tour of the house to see the book-filled rooms and study where Sandburg worked.
Beyond the house is Lillian Sandburg's world - the large barns and outbuildings where she tended and milked 200 prize winning goats. The park service maintains a herd of goats at the farm that are comprised of three of the goat breeds that Mrs. Sandburg championed.
There are also five miles of trails to explore, making this pastoral farm a perfect day destination for those who want to hike or just sit by the edge of the pond and watch the ducks glide by on the mirror-like water.
The park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. all year; closed December 25 and in cases of inclement weather the park may close to visitors.
There is no charge for admission to the grounds. The trails, information center and farmyard areas are open to the public.
Tours of the historic Carl Sandburg Home are available daily, except Christmas day. Tours begin at 9:30am; the last tour departs at 4:30pm. The charge for the tour is $5. Tours are offered every half an hour from Memorial Day until October and weekends throughout the year. November through Memorial Day, tours are offered once an hour on the half-hour only.
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