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“Unexpected fun, with some awe thrown in”

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Flat Rock
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Home of poet Carl Sandburg and his family. Located on 264-acres in Western North Carolina. The site includes 5-miles of hiking trails, a dairy goat farm and offers daily tours of the Sandburg Home.
Reviewed September 18, 2012

We recently took visitors to see the house where Carl Sandburg and his wife lived in their older years. The house is low key and charming, a HUGE contrast with the excess and opulence of the Biltmore, which isn't too far away. All of us enjoyed seeing this home, but what really knocked my socks off was the setting. The property is quite large, and the rural mountain views are both peaceful and spectacular. Lillian Sandburg raised prize winning goats, and today a small herd is maintained here. After touring the house, we headed for the goat barn were several very cute lady goats greeted us and posed for pictures. We're already planning a return visit with our grandchildren! This is a way of life they know nothing about, and I' sure they will have fun discovering it. Not least of our delight in this place is the price. Admission to the grounds is free. Only the house carries a fee, and that is modest--$5, I think, $3 for seniors. We saw many people, some with dogs, or kids in strollers, setting off on the hiking trails that were as much a part of the appeal for the Sandburgs as they are for todays visitors. This really is a gem of an attraction.

1  Thank Suzanne S
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Was not expecting so much history and beauty as we started out on the trail to this site. We had a very informative volunteer take us through the home. I would have loved to have spent more time hearing about the history of the home, but the tour was on a time schedule. The farm grounds and animals were also very enjoyable to tour. So happy this home and farm was made a national park to be shared.

Thank Shelby W
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Trying to find the way to Hendersonville, I turned left instead of right and found myself headed to the home where Carl Sandburg led his later life. I'd seen Sandburg's birthplace in Galesburg, Illinois, so thought this would "bookmark" the man's life for me. The grounds are lovely, relaxing, and proved to be a good use of an hour. I recommend it.

Thank TNmilt
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

A great place to hike up to Big Glassy (about 45 minutes) and just relax at the top of the rock with excellent views of downtown Hendersonville, a great peaceful getaway

Thank marymowery
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

It is very interesting to tour a house left exactly the way Carl Sandburg and family lived in it. There are photographs, magazines and tons of books everywhere, and the furnishings are the original kept in place. A park tourguide takes you through all 3 floors and explains the purpose of each room and a bit of history about the poet and his wife, who raised prize-winning goats. Descendants of the original goats still live on the property and it was fun to see them in the barn getting fed by student volunteers. Many outer buildings are left as their original purpose, including slave quarters and the milking barn. Our visit made us feel we went back in time, and it was lovely walking around the grounds and pond where we saw a large snapping turtle and lots of carp.

1  Thank abcady
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