Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site


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.


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.



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.


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