Carl Sandburg Home National
81 Carl Sandburg Lane
Flat Rock, NC 28731
WELCOME to Carl Sandburg Home
National Historic Site
Carl Sandburg's Legacy Touches Our Lives
Carl Sandburg spent a lifetime exploring what
it meant to be an American and asked the eternal questions, "Who
am I, where am I going and where have I been?"
He did this through poetry, song, lectures,
writing and lasting friendships with kindred spirits.
Explore Sandburg's legacy and Experience
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site,
located near Hendersonville in Flat Rock, North Carolina, preserves
Connemara Farms, the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967).
Though a Midwesterner, Sandburg and his family
moved to this home in 1945 for the peace and solitude required for
his writing and the more-than-30 acres of pastureland required for
his wife, Lilian, to raise her champion dairy goats. Sandburg spent
the last 22 years of his life on this farm, and published more than
one-third of his works while living here.
The park is located three miles south of
Hendersonville, NC on Little River Road off of the Greenville
Highway/Rt. 225 in Flat Rock, NC.
- From Interstate 26 take exit 53 (formerly
exit 22) - from I-26 east, turn right onto Upward Road; from
I-26 west, turn left onto Upward Road. At intersection with Rt.
176/Spartanburg Hwy, continue straight. Upward Road turns into
Highland Lake Road. At the light, turn left onto
Rt.225/Greenville Hwy south. At next light take a right onto
Little River Road. Visitor parking on left.
- From Asheville, NC: take I-26 east from
I-40 or I-240; 30 miles.
- From Greenville, SC: take I-85 north to
I-26 west; 35 miles.
- From Charlotte, NC: take I-85 south to Rt.
74 west toward Kings Mtn./Gastonia to I-26 west; 110 miles.
- From Greensboro, NC: I-40 west to I-26
east; 200 miles.
- From Knoxville, TN: I-40 east to I-26 east;
Guided Tours of the Sandburg Home
Taking a guided tour of the historic Carl
Sandburg Home with over 65,000 artifacts on display is an insightful
glimpse into the lives of the Sandburg family. The 30-minute house
tours are offered daily, except Christmas day.
Tours begin at 9:30 am; the last tour departs
at 4:30 pm. Tours are limited to 15 visitors. From Memorial Day
until October and weekends throughout the year, tours are offered
every half an hour. November through Memorial Day, tours are offered
once an hour on the half-hour only.
Visiting Connemara Farms Goat Dairy:
Mrs. Lilian Sandburg owned and operated a
premier goat dairy from 1935 to 1965. Here at Connemara the dairy
became a Grade A operation, with milk being distributed to local
dairies and sold in stores around the community.
Mrs. Sandburg's goat breeding program produced
champion goats and led to the improvement of goats as milk producing
Enjoy the Connemara Farms' goat-herd. The park
service raises goats that represent the three breeds of goats Mrs.
Sandburg raised at Connemara. Rangers and volunteers are on hand to
share this fascinating story about goats and Mrs. Sandburg's dairy
- Keep in mind this picnic area is first
come/first serve and is uncovered.
- Please dispose of your leftovers, trash,
and recyclables in the proper receptacles available at the
Did You Know?
Carl Sandburg, who won two Pulitzer prizes and entertained heads of
state, presidents, and Hollywood movie stars, only formally
graduated from the eighth grade. He attended college classes for
four years, but never received a degree.