Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Flat Rock

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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." Make Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site a part of your Flat Rock vacation plans using our Flat Rock family vacation planner.
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  • What a charming place! I didn't know much about Carl Sandburg before finding this historic site. The house is fascinating and the grounds are beautiful! If you like to walk, it is a calming and peacef...  more »
  • We loved the grounds, the home is beautiful, and the tour guide was excellent! We also enjoyed visiting with the goats! 
  • Even if you are not familiar with Sandburg, the tour was wonderful. Most people are unfamiliar with Mrs Sandburg and all her achievements. Very interesting and beautiful place. I was disappointed that...  more »
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  • Great tour - neat that they preserved so much. The trails are beautiful also. Took the dog today and she enjoyed the walk too. NOTE: right now in mid 2016, and expected through most of 2017, the house is empty. Some of the best things about the tour is seeing all of Sandburg's original things including his books.
  • I have been going to the Carl Sandburg home since I was a child! The grounds are free to roam (during park hours) and the home is also available to tour for a small fee. There are lots of walking trails around the property, readily labeled with distance. It is a very engaging place for children, with the pond, animals (goats and chickens), and wildlife. Beautiful scenery, steps away from the hustle of reality. Very clean restrooms and the barn is only about .5 miles from the parking lot.
  • Carl Sandburg's Home is a great local treasure. The house gives tours and there is a video that outlines Sandburg's life. The goat farm is the best. You can interact with the goats, which is fun for all ages. There are trails that wind through the property that make it great for a stroll, especially the trail around the lake. There's something for everyone, whether you like poetry, history, animals, or nature. They also hold a poetry contest every year for local children and it's nice to come by and see Sandburg's tradition being carried on.
  • Very pretty area. Trail to the top of the mountain provides a nice view. The grounds around the house were interesting. The goats were cute and fun to hangout with. Snakes and turtles around the pond added to the fun. Only drawback. The parking lot is very small and usually full. You might need to walk from the Flat Rock government parking area if the playhouse is in use.
  • Beautiful grounds and lakes with wonderful trails. The National Park employees and volunteers are delightful and knowledgable and, even though the house furniture is in storage during the restoration of the house, the tour is definitely worth the few dollars due to the large photos of each room when furnished and the wonderful docent! He answered every question and made the house come alive! We plan to return in a couple of weeks to see one of their summer demonstrations--probably the cheese-making.