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“Beautiful!”

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Ranked #2 of 11 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 November 27, 2012

We visited this site after experiencing Biltmore Estate and didn't know what to expect. It's lovely because it was a relatively ordinary family's home. I was amazed by the number of books in this writer's collection. It's a must see for anyone who enjoys visiting National Park sites.

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Reviewed November 21, 2012

Very nice Historic Site in the countryside. Easy parking, nice farm and walking trails. We enjoyed pond area and the walk up to the main house which is open for tours.

Thank Sofpaint
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

This was my first time at a national park. It was a great experience! Definitely go visit the goats. Wear comfortable shoes. And, dress for a good walk because the house is up a pretty steep hill. I would recommend going in Spring or Summer to take full advantage of the greenery.

Thank clearandsunny
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

Had the priviledge of stopping in on Nov 12, 2012. It was a free day for Veterans. This is part of the National Park System. Our tour was given by a very well informed Tour Guide named Sandy. She was on top of her game!!! When you enter the house one thing you will see is Books, Books, Books, ans more Books. And of course with Books you need Bookshelves - Lots of them. There were Bookshelves in evey room except maybe the kitchen. Just looking at some of the room setting was like the Sandburgs were out for the day. Magazines out, mail needing to be opened, maybe a coffee cup or two on the dining table. Sandy gave an excellent overview of the Sandburgs as well as many anecdotes give you a better insight on who they really were. If you have younger children they have a operating Goat Farm. This was one of Mrs. Sandburg's passions. If you are on I-26 east of Ashville, NC and West of Greenville, SC its just a short hop off the highway. Check the National Park Services website because I believe there are a few times a year where there are Free Admissions. The property and the story behind this 200 acres of land is like a small slice of heaven. I was extremely happy I picked up the Travel Card when entering the State of NC going east on I-40 Tourist Information Center. This was one stop I am glad my wife and I made. Enjoy!!

Thank SEVMEISTER
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

This is not a "beautiful" home tour, the home has been left as it was in 1954, so it's interesting to see how this unpretentious family lived. We wanted to see where Sandburg wrote, and the upstairs office is hard to get a good view of. Our tour guide was well prepared and knowledgeable. In the visitors center office, there are 2 short movies about the house and family. After the house tour we went out into the barn area. The trees are lovely, but there is little landscaping to speak of. You go on a 1/2 mile hike from the parking area to the house, wear walking shoes.

Thank Criti-gal
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