Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Carl Sandburg Home

Sandburg Home - Theater

Sandburg Home - Bench by the Pond
Sandburg Home - Kids Loving the Goat

We really do love living in North Carolina. There are so many wonderful outdoor things to do here. On Saturday, July 13th, we took the kids to the Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock, NC. The following is what Wikipedia had to say about the estate.

Carl Sandburg was a poet. He was originally a Midwesterner from Chicago. Sandburg and his family moved this home in 1945 for the peace and solitude required for his writing and the more than 30 acres 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 of hiking trails on moderate to steep terrain, two small lakes, several ponds, flower and vegetable gardens, and an apple orchard.

We spent over two hours there. There isn't a fee for admission! The kids really enjoyed the goats and we walked over some of the trails. There are benches and picnic tables around so we were glad that we brought at picnic. Ryan went in a toured the home--the guy never threw anything away, just incredible. Just as we were leaving it started raining. It was a great outing for our family.

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