Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Flat Rock

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web
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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  • I loved touring the Carl Sandburg home. The only thing was they were remodeling so the books were removed. I will come back again and see it when all the books are replaced. It was very interesting. 
  • We really enjoyed our time walking about and visiting the property. We learned a lot about a poet we studied in earlier years but now have a different perspective of. However the furnishings are remov...  read more »
  • Nice little walking tour of the house and grounds. Informative. Beautiful place to just walk around. Beautiful views. 
  • 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.
  • A favorite because of the wonderful diversity of easy to harder elevation climb trails (Glassy Rock being the longest/hardest). Wide trails are well marked with occasional benches. Dog friendly hiking!
  • This is one of the most humbling, serene, peaceful settings, lots of fun to hang out with the baby goats.They will jump up on the bench and play with was curious about my ring and kept biting at it, just a nibble. Highly recommend for any age. Climbing the trail to the farm and house is a bit of a challenge.
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