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“First National Park dedicated to a Poet” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
1928 Little River Rd., Flat Rock, Flat Rock, NC 28731
828/693-4178
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Flat Rock
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: A tour through the home of poet Carl Sandburg.
Roswell, Georgia
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“First National Park dedicated to a Poet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

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.

Visited May 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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“Be sure to visit Carl Sandburg's home in NC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Carl Sandberg settled into North Carolina to think and to write. What he found was a little bit of heaven in the North Carolina country side. Not a real fancy home, but the home of a writer and his wife. Mrs. Sandberg raised goats and there are descendants of her original goat herd on the farm. There is something inspiring of looking at the rooms that a well-known, well-respected writer wrote in. Check out his books, which line just about every room. A great place to visit.

Visited June 2014
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Lewisville, North Carolina
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“What a charming place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I've visited this site several times in the past but the last visit was special. It was raining, which lent a particular ambience to everything. The grounds were peaceful, the gardens beautiful in bloom & a bonus was visiting with the goats & their newborns. I wanted to walk the trail to the top of the mountain & did so but the view was socked in with fog from the rain. This estate is well worth your time to put on your list of 'must see'.

Visited May 2014
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Fort Thomas, Kentucky
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“Lovely site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

As other reviewers have mentioned, the trails and the goat farm are very beautiful and fun. We did do the house tour, which we thought was too talky, with too much scripted stuff about Sandburg and not quite enough about the house itself. But it was great to be able to see the house, and the tour is the only way you can do that. It is $5, but only $3 for seniors. If I went back, I'd go for the trails and never mind the house.

Visited June 2014
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“Beautiful, peaceful, interesting...love this place since childhood!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I first visited when I was a young child. I fell in love with it then and have loved it since! You can spend an hour or several hours, depending on how much time you choose to sit and just relax! The goats are precious and funny, the house tour is entertaining and full of information and the grounds are relaxing and enjoyable! This is definitely a mountain stop not to be missed! Love the fudge made with goat's milk--we also get a little sample--I always wish i could have stayed longer...

Visited June 2014
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