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A Wonderful Visit to the Carl Sandburg Home

THE CARL SANDBURG HOME Photo, Lake Lure, North Carolina

We had visited the Carl Sandburg home while we were at Fairfield Sapphire Valley in 2001, but my sister & her husband wanted to see it, and we made another trip to Flat Rock to see it. We picked a beautiful day for our trip and the temperature was about as perfect as we could have hoped for. The property is named Connemara Farm, and sits atop a steep hill, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. It didn't take us long to realize how easy it is to love this farm. It's a real beauty and we are very glad that the National Park Service is doing such a good job of preserving it in same condition it was in when Carl Sandburg, his wife Lilian, and their two daughters lived here. Carl Sandburg was 67 when the family moved to Connemara and it proved a good location for him to write. His wife loved it because it was a perfect place for goats. The house was built around 1838 and does not appear to have changed very much. We walked through the barn and farm areas, viewed the goats, the garden, the orchard, and several old buildings from previous owners. Then we walked up to the house and took a guided tour. It was very interesting and we enjoyed it more this time than we had in 2001. A visit to the Carl Sandburg home is a wonderful outing for those who love old homes, farms, goats, & history. We highly recommend it. (HINT: The Golden Age Passport allows free admission & is exactly the same price as two adult tours of the home.)

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