Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Flat Rock

Visit Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site to see where the famous poet and writer spent the last two decades of his life. Carl Sandburg lived his final 22 years on Connemara Farms, where he published over one-third of his works. He moved to the 12 hectare (30 acre) farm in 1945 with his wife, who raised champion dairy goats there. In addition to the home, the estate includes a goat farm, sheds, pastures, two lakes, vegetable and flower gardens, an apple orchard, and surrounding woodlands. Tour the writer's home to get a sense of how Sandburg lived and worked. Visitors can make use of 8 km (5 mi) of hiking trails that explore the farmland. You may be able to catch a live performance of Sandburg's "Rootabaga Stories," or a part of his Broadway play, "The World of Carl Sandburg." Put Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site into our Flat Rock visit planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The national park site helped me to understand the man who wrote so much. Those that work there were very helpful. Beware, the visitor center is next to the house.  more »
  • While in Hendersonville, my wife and I went out and visited the Sandburg estate, it was great. Hearing the history and the stories about Mrs Sandberg was really interesting. We loved the goats, especi...  more »
  • Quick trip! We spent about 2.5 hours here walking through various buildings (we didn’t make it into the main house as I believe that had a cost). Visiting the out buildings and the goats was free. The...  more »
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  • Carl Sandburg Home has many beautiful green, grassy areas with pretty trees and flowers. The walk up to the home is a steep incline. Good exercise! The house wasn't open to the public that day. There is a large sheep area with a barn and several sheep. You are allowed to go inside and pet the sheep. It's easy to make a full day here with a packed lunch.
  • Worth a visit... Great place for a family outing.. It is free to walk the grounds but there is an admission fee to tour the house.. The estate does sit on a small hill.. About 100 ft elevation change..a nice paved path leads you from the parking lot to the house... The goats and goat barn are about 150 yards past the house... The baby goats are born in early May... They are fun to watch and you are allowed to pet them most of the time... My last visit I saw a white squirrel... Be sure to bring you camera. Made my 3rd visit this year.. Spring break and a lot of families with kids were visiting today.. Most popular spot was the goat barn.. Baby goats are being born on a weekly basis thtough the end of April.... I saw a pair of twins.... They Were snow white.... You are allowed to interact with the goats and their babies... They are very tamed and children love to pet them.
  • a really great place to have fun family fun. tour of the house was nice. great pond. plus a lot of other buildings to see and the goat farm. then you have a really nice hike to a great little view. this is a must see!
  • This place was on my bucket list of places to go. I always admired the works of Mr. Sandburg. This place has I think almost everything he used at the end of his life. The trail from the parking lot to the house is fairly steep and I needed to sit on trailside benches along way to top of hill. The lake is beautiful and seems to have fish in it.
  • It's great to see such a great place for both adults and kids. Both children adults and goats will enjoy a visit.
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