I have always loved Carl Sandburg. His poetry captured so much of America to me and he really was always able to speak to the regular American in my perspective. During our trip to Henderson County we were able to visit the Carl Sandburg home in Flat Rock, North Carolina and I am so glad that we did.
The Carl Sandburg home is situated on 225 acres of land. You have to park a ways away from the house and if you plan to have a tour you should plan this ahead of time as they do these on the hour. The parking is limited, so you have to know this as well. Once you park you will have to walk about 10-15 minutes if you take the short route to get to the house itself.
Outside of the home itself, there are a number of other outbuildings that you can explore and learn from and the goat barn is definitely something that everyone should see, and if you can go when the baby goats are around you will definitely be in for a treat.
The girls loved interacting with the goats, and if I am honest, so did I. The goats loved the attention and you really can snuggle up, scratch their ears and just get to know them while you are waiting to visit the home. Why does the home have goats? Well, Carl Sandburg’s wife, Lilian, ran the home (named Connemara ) as a working farm with dairy goats that won many awards.
After we visited with the goats it was our turn to go into the Carl Sandburg home. When we showed up for this tour we found out that the home was under restoration so we watched a video before our tour to get a feel for what the home would look like if it had everything within the home. After watching the video we went on a tour with a great tour guide (an intern with the Park Service) named Michael Dages. Michael really knew his history and you could tell that he loved Carl Sandburg and the history of the home as well. Michael allowed us to truly see the home for what it was, even though most everything was out of the home. One of the things that was so amazing was that we did not realize that Carl Sandburg moved to Flat Rock from Harbert, Michigan. Also, when they moved, they moved approximately 14,0000 books to the new home. The whole home was filled with tons of bookshelves and it would have been amazing to see all of these bookshelves filled. Michael let know they would hopefully have everything restored to normal for the 50th anniversary of the US Park service running the site in October.
While we did not get to see the home filled, Michael Dages did an amazing job at painting a picture of the home for all of us and we loved seeing and experiencing this day and we definitely would love to come back in the future to explore the trails and to see the home put back together in the future!
If you come to Henderson County, you should definitely stop and see this beautiful home!
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