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“Beautiful grounds and interesting tour”

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Ranked #1 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 January 9, 2013

Though we had visited Flat Rock several times, we had never stopped at the Carl Sandburg Home. This visit it happened to be a lovely winter day and my daughter was curious as to its suitability for a middle school class trip. As you enter, there is a lovely pond encircled by a walking path. Another rather steep path leads up to the house. The drive is steep but an easier walk. There is a visitor's center with gift shop at the rear of the house. You can sign up for a tour of the house. The tour takes about 35-40 minutes and is quite interesting. Even my grandchildren though it was not boring. Because the house is set up exactly as it was when the Sandburg Family lived there, one can almost imagine the great poet writing. Also of interest is the farm behind the house where Lillian, Mrs. Sandburg, raised prize-winning milking goats. Beyond the house and farm are many paths into the woods open to visitors. I think this is a wonderful place to visit over and over when the weather is nice.

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

Great hiking trails; goat barns are a plus, particularly for children; house tour takes you back to the 50's; a wonderful US treasure given to all of us from the Sandburg family.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Note that Connemara is the same place as the Carl Sandburg home, separately listed in this section. Connemara is just the name that Sandburg called his home and farm. The Connemara reviews should be consolidated with the Carl Sandburg Home reviews in this same Flat Rock, NC, section.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) was already famous for his down-to-earth poetry celebrating industrial and agricultural America and for what eventually would become his six-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln when in 1945 he moved to Connemara, a 264-acre farm in Flat Rock near Hendersonville. There he lived with his wife Paula Steichen Sandburg, brother of the photographer Edward Steichen, until his death.

At Connemara, Sandburg continued to write – several volumes of poetry, the novel Remembrance Rock and his autobiography, Always the Young Stranger. About one-third of his published work was completed at the farm.

The Sandburg home and farm is operated by the National Park Service. It’s the first national park to honor a poet.

You enter the grounds via a short walk up a winding driveway lined with white pines. The house, a white one-and-a-half story on a raised basement, with Greek Revival columns on the front porch, built around 1839 as a summer cottage by a South Carolina railroad owner, sits on a knoll above a lake.

On the guided tour, you’ll see the Sandburg house much as it was in the 1960s, as if the family had stepped out for a walk. There are magazines on the floor, a guitar leaning against the piano and shelves of books. Sandburg’s book-filled study has his typewriter.

In the first-level basement, there’s a bookstore with a good selection of books by and about Sandburg.

Don’t miss a tour of the barn and outbuildings, where you’ll see descendants of Paula Steichen Sandburg’s herd of dairy goats and some old farm equipment. The farm and grounds have some 5 miles of hiking trails.

Visitor info: 81 Carl Sandburg Lane, Flat Rock, 828-693-4178, www.nps.gov/carl/index.htm; guided tour fee $5 adults, $3 seniors, children 15 and under free, admission to grounds and barn free, daily 9-5 year-round except major holidays, tours of house every half hour starting at 9:30, last tour 4:30.

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

This was a last-minute stop on our trip but the walk up the path from the parking lot to the actual house was scenic and relaxing. The property is over 260 acres of rolling hills, and the short walk gives you a chance to enjoy its natural beauty.

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