Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

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Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

North Carolina

(828) 693-4178

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Overview

Carl Sandburg, nationally renowned poet, biographer, lecturer, newspaper columnist, folksinger, author of American fairytales, and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, provided broad and enduring 20th century insight into the circumstances, worth and spirit of the American people. Sandburg, having already achieved literary fame before relocating to North Carolina, continued to write and lecture and published more than one-third of his works during his 22 years at Connemara. Today, the site, managed by the National Park Service, preserves the Sandburg legacy for future generations. In addition to tours of the Sandburg Home, visitors can enjoy over five miles of trails, stroll through gardens and greet the descendents of Mrs. Sandburg's dairy goat herd. A typical visit lasts 2 hours. The historic landscape consists of the Sandburg residence, a dairy goat barn complex that is home to the park's Connemara Farms goat herd, sheds, rolling pastures, mountainside woods, five miles of hiking trails on moderate to steep terrain, two small lakes, several ponds, flower and vegetable gardens, and an apple orchard.

Map of Carl Sandburg Home

Latitude, Longitude: 35.269968, -82.447742

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    The trails of Connemara provide opportunities for bird watching.

  • Hiking

    Enjoy the solitude of Connemara. Hike its many trails and take from it the energy to avoid diversions.

  • Historic Sites

    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 throughout the day, except Christmas day. First tour begins at 9:30 am; the last tour begins at 4:30 pm. Each tour is limited to 15 visitors. There is a small fee to tour the house.

  • Picnicking

    Designated picnic sites are available just inside the park entrance.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm all year; closed December 25 and in cases of inclement weather the park may close to visitors until it is safe to open.

Directions

Driving

Three miles south of Hendersonville, NC off of U.S. Hwy 25. From U.S. Hwy 26 take exit 22 - turn south on Upward Road. At intersection with Rt. 176 continue straight to Highland Lake Road. At light, turn left (west) onto U.S. Hwy 25 south. At light take right onto Little River Road. Visitor parking on left.

Flying

Closest airports are Asheville, NC and Greenville/Spartanburg, SC

Phone Numbers

Primary

(828) 693-4178

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