- Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site preserves Connemara, the 245-acre farm where Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Sandburg and his family lived the last 22 years of his life. The farm consists of a 22 room house, barns, sheds, rolling pastures, mountainside woods, trails, two small lakes, a trout pond, flower and vegetable gardens and an orchard.
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Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Recreation - A visitor information station is located in the ground floor of the Sandburg house. Approximately five miles of trail are available for walkers. They range in difficulty from easy to moderately strenuous. Regularly scheduled guided tours of the Sandburg home are offered year round. Special Ranger programs and walks are available during the busy season. There is a bookstore located on the ground floor of the Sandburg home. It is managed by the park's nonprofit cooperating association, Eastern National Park & Monument Association.
Picnicking, wildflower identification and bird-watching are also favorite activities.
A telephone is located in the visitor parking lot for those who need assistance getting to the house. A shuttle bus is available for those who cannot walk the trail to the house. All of the Sandburg home is accessible except for the third floor. The third floor portion of the guided tour can be heard while viewing photographs of the rooms. A captioned video tour is also available to visitors along with captioned interviews of Sandburg and his wife.
Groups of more than sixteen persons can make reservations for morning tours in March through November. There is a limited number of tours, so it is advisable to call well in advance of your visit.
Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average below 36 degrees Fahrenheit (below 2 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average below 76 degrees Fahrenheit (below 24 Celsius). The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 44 to 48 inches (112 to 122 centimeters). Layered clothing and rain gear is advised.
The park is 5 miles south of Hendersonville, NC. Turn off U.S. 25 onto Little River Road at the Flat Rock Playhouse. The park is 26 miles south of Asheville via Interstate 26. Take Upward Road exit off of Interstate 26 and follow the signs to the park.