I am a travel writer who covers National Parks (npplan.com) and I visited the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Park in May 2014. The park preserves the last home of the renowned American author and poet. Located in Flat Rock, North Carolina, Sandburg lived the last 22 years of his life at the home known as Connemara, dying at age 89 in his upstairs bedroom. The next year, his wife Lillian donated the property, house, and all furnishings to the National Park Service, creating the very first National Park dedicated to an American poet.
Visitors to the park can take a Ranger guided tour of the house, watch two short films about Sandburg, visit the goat farm (aka the Goat Barn) established by Lilian, and hike five miles of trails that traverse the 248 acre property. There is a small fee for the house tour, but no other charge to walk the trails or visit the goat farm. The tour fee must be paid in cash.
One of the most popular times of the year to visit the park is in the spring when the baby goats are born. All the goats run around the farm and you can pet them, making this a great place for kids.
The parking lot is located .3 miles from the house, which is on the top of a hill, and the walk is up a steep road. A shuttle service can be provided for those who cannot walk to the house on their own. A phone number is posted on a sign at the parking lot. Also, the home tour covers the second and third floors of the house, which has no elevators, so those not able to walk will not be able to take the tour.
For complete information and dozens of photos about the park, please visit my web site.
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