The Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock is a national historic site, but it does more than pay tribute to a national poet. It reflects who Carl Sandburg was as a poet of the people, but it is also a tribute to his wife, Lillian. The couple moved here from Michigan, drawn here by what Sandburg described as the 245-acre estate’s ability to provide him with a “creative hush.”
The North Carolina farm gave the Sandburgs what they each needed — Carl Sandburg for his writing and Lillian Sandburg for the prize-winning Chikaming goats. In fact, the descendants of her pure-bred herd are still on the grounds of the Sandburg home today.
There are daily tours on the hour that take you through the house the Sandburgs called home. And it still looks much as it did when they were living there for the last 22 years of Sandburg’s life. Lillian Sandburg deeded the house to the federal government after her husband died in 1967, to preserve the work and the memory of the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner.