Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Flat Rock

#4 of 20 in Historic Sites in North Carolina Mountains
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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  • August 14, 2017
    After finding a spot in a rather small parking lot, we prepared ourselves for what was going to be a short walk. Wrong. The trail leading to the house is an uphill climb. The site does have a free shu...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    This is one of my childrens' favorite places. We often come for a daytrip from Greenville for a short hike and to visit the grounds. My kids love visiting the goats in the barns and fields. Several ba...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    This is a must-see place! The Park Rangers were fabulous, and the history and homestead of the Sandburg family were totally enlightening. Gorgeous setting, but a very steep and long trek to get to the...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    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.
  • June 6, 2017
    Peaceful hiking trails. Love the baby goats at the barn, so cute. My kids love coming here. If anyone in your party has a hard time walking, the park offers a more accessible entrance. To call for this service, there is a box in the main parking lot near the map to phone the rangers.
  • July 2, 2017
    Easy hikes in a pristine, serene setting. The areas of exposed granite are my favorite. I brought my dog with me. She thoroughly enjoyed scents and sights of this landmark.
  • July 2, 2017
    Fun place for kids. Goats are calm and tame no jumping. House tour is also good. Very interesting as it is frozen in time when Mrs Sandberg left. Highly recommended.
  • April 4, 2017
    Great park with some good history and some nice walking trails! You can easily spend an entire day here with the entire family without spending a dime (unless you want a tour of the house). The goat farm was really cute as you can go in and pet all of the very friendly goats. There was also a hiking trail up the mountain to an overlook.

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