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 »
  • 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.
  • Definitely a place to visit if you are in the area they just had a litter of goats born a week or so before our trip up, so cute. They were in the process of restoring parts of the house so some areas were empty of items. It was a very scenic place to wander the trails and property! the bathrooms were well maintained and stocked. just remember to leave the way that you came in if you park in the handicap area it has a sensor that will open the gate you don't want to get stuck on a trail head/old exit with very little room to turn around with, like we did the first time we went! We will be back again very soon
  • Great historic with many beautiful trails. Liked the goat farm. The house is easy to get too. The walk through the hemlocks is very easy and gives you good views of the house. There are several moderate trails behind the house leading to Glassy Mountain wit good views . The walk around the lake is very beautiful and easy.
  • So much history... and an amazing display of God's creation. Bring a sturdy, comfortable pair of walking shoes. Be prepared to walk. The Sandburg home offers an amazing opportunity to look into the life of a writer. Not to be overlooked, read up on Mrs Sandburg's work with goats. Rangers and staff here are among the most helpful and pleasant I've come across. If you're up for a bit more strenuous walk, take the time to hike the Glassy Mountain trail. A very well groomed trail, but takes a little time and effort to take on the incline. Well worth the effort, though, for the natural treasures along the way.
  • So many goats! This place has a bunch of history involving the poet, but the real MVP is his wife who bred some prize winning goats. The location is a dairy farm for goats and has all of it's original structures up. The property is a beautiful walk along a gravel path that will take you past the lake and to the main house. On the back side of the property there are two trails that go to peaks, these trails are a couple miles long.

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