The 245-acre farm in Flat Rock not only offered the Sandburg's an abundance of nature, but also a dramatic history dating back before the Civil War. Along with the Main House, the park has several outer buildings scattered throughout the historic core. The arrival of the Sandburgs changed what used to be a lavish estate into a working farm to raise Mrs. Sandburg's prize winning goat herd. In fact, the amount of buildings on the property led Sandburg to say, "We didn't buy a farm, we bought a small village."
Use the links below to learn more about the history of Connemara and its transition from an estate to a working farm.
Historic Structure Report for Main House
Historic Structure Report for Swedish House
Explore the history and use of the Sandburg’s Chicken House. (1.8MB .pdf)
Historic Furnishings Report
When NPS acquired the property in 1968, Lilian Sandburg graciously donated most of the family’s belongings as a gift to help preserve her husband’s legacy.
As the Sandburg’s held many items in the home, the report is large. Use the links below to access the report in two parts for easier access.
Explore the historic furnishings in the Sandburg Home. This updates the original 1984 furnishings report.
Cultural Landscape Report
Did You Know?
These binoculars were used quite a lot by both Mrs. Sandburg and her daughter Margaret. They loved watching birds from inside their home or while walking in the woods or through the pastures. Margaret identified over 100 species of birds on the property during her lifetime at Connemara.