Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, located near Hendersonville
in Flat Rock, North Carolina
, preserves Connemara Farms, the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer Carl Sandburg (1878-1967). Though a Midwesterner, Sandburg and his family moved to this home in 1945 for the peace and solitude required for his writing and the more-than-30 acres (120,000 m2) of pastureland required for his wife, Lilian, to raise her champion dairy goats. Sandburg spent the last 22 years of his life on this farm, and published more than one-third of his works while living here.
The site includes the Sandburg residence, a dairy goat farm (home to the Connemara Farms goat herd), sheds, rolling pastures, mountainside woods, 5 miles (8 km) of hiking trails on moderate to steep terrain, two small lakes, several ponds, flower and vegetable gardens, and an apple orchard. Visitors to the site can tour the Sandburg residence, as well as visit the dairy barn housing Connemara Farms' goat herd, representing the three breeds of goats Lillian Sandburg raised at Connemara.