Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site


Carl Sandburg Home National Historic SiteCarl 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. He passionately championed for the everyday working person, those who may neither have had the words nor the power to speak for themselves.

A Midwesterner most of his life, Sandburg and his family moved to North Carolina in 1945. This farm offered the peace and solitude required for his writing and offered Mrs. Sandburg over 30 acres of pasture-land that she desired to raise her champion dairy goats.

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.

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.

Guided House Tour Fee:
Adults 16 and older - $5
Seniors 62 and older - $3
Children 15 and under - Free

Getting There:
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located three miles south of Hendersonville, NC off of the Greenville Highway/Rt. 225 (formerly U.S. 25). From U.S. Hwy 26 take exit 53 (formerly exit 22) - turn south on Upward Road. At intersection with Rt. 176 (now U.S. 25) continue straight. Upward Road is now Highland Lake Road. At the light, turn left (west) onto Rt.225/Greenville Hwy south. At next light take a right onto Little River Road. Visitor parking on left.