A trip to Carl Sandburg House is a must for history buffs and artists alike. This one-of-a-kind home guarantees to stir your imagination. After all, the great American poet and writer chose this unique home for a reason! Are you ready to learn why? Read on to discover the best ways to spend a day at this historic home. Afterward, dive deeper into history by downloading our free Chimney Rock/Lake Lure Vacation Guide! Our guide is full of recommendations on nearby historic sites, museums, art galleries, and more.
How to Have the Best Time at Carl Sandburg House
Tour the Historic Home
A historic house tour of Carl Sandburg Home is an exciting way to catch a glimpse into the everyday life of the Sandburg family. Carl Sandburg and his family lived in this elegant home from 1945 until Carl’s death in 1967. The home is immaculately preserved! You’ll even have the chance to see Sandburg’s library of 10,000 books and more than 30,000 items of furnishings.
Visit the Goat Farm
No trip to Carl Sandburg House is complete without visiting the goat farm. For over 30 years, Mrs. Sandburg owned and operated a premier goat dairy. To this day, park services raise prize goats in her honor. During your visit to Connemara Farms Goat Dairy, you’ll learn about the three breeds of goats that Mrs. Sandburg raised at Connemara Dairy.
Take a Hike and Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Walk in the footsteps of the great Carl Sandburg as you explore the many miles of trails located on the property. Take in the beautiful mountain views of western North Carolina on The Glassy Mountain Trail. For a more leisurely stroll, the Spring Trail and Orchard Trail wind through the agricultural areas by the main house.
Helpful Information for Planning Your Trip
- If you are looking for more ways to have fun at Carl Sandburg Home, events are always on the calendar. For a full list of upcoming festivities, visit the Carl Sandburg Home website.
- The Carl Sandburg Home is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, it is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
- There is no admission fee to visit the Carl Sandburg Home grounds, trails, and barn. For those who would like to embark on a guided house tour, there is a small fee of $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors. There is no fee for children under 15 years of age.
Your Western North Carolina Getaway Awaits
After a day of exploring Carl Sandburg House, head home to The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant to recount the day. When you book any of our cozy accommodations, like The Terrace King, you can always look forward to excellent amenities, vacation packages, and top-notch service. Gourmet breakfast, spa services, and our dinner restaurant are a few perks to enjoy during your stay! If you are ready to plan your next vacation, check our availability and book your stay.
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