• Carl Sandburg Home and Barn

    Carl Sandburg Home

    National Historic Site North Carolina

Operating Hours & Seasons

Carl Sandburg Home NHS is open 7 days a week, year round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days.

  • Please note there is no entrance fee to visit Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. America the Beautiful passes and the Golden Eagle/Senior passes do not apply to waive the fees for guided house tours.
  • The average visitor spends two hours at "Connemara."
  • Please be prepared for your comfort - wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. There is a limited selection of snack foods and bottled water to purchase from the bookstore. Water is available at fountains (bring your own bottle). Please recycle any purchased water bottles.

Facilities: Including Sandburg Home and Goat Barn
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. year-round, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days.

Admission: Free for grounds, trails and barn; no park entrance fee.
Guided House Tour Fee: (cash or check only)
$5.00 for Adults age 16-61
$3.00 for seniors 62 and older
Children 15 and under admitted free.

  • Pleease note there is no entrance fee to visit Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. America the Beautiful passes and the Golden Eagle/Senior passes do not apply to waive the fees for guided house tours.
  • 30-minute house tours are offered every day, first come-first served at 9:30am,10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, the last tour begins at 4:30pm.
  • During busy visitation additional tour times may be added.
  • Visitors may only tour the Sandburg Home on a guided tour.
  • Tours are limited to 15 persons.
  • Click here if you are visiting with a group

Parking: Free parking is available at the entrance to the park. On busy days the lot fills quickly. Visitors may use the Flat Rock Playhouse lot directly across the street in the morning until noon and in the afternoon when there are no performances. There will be signs posted at the playhouse to restrict parking for performances. Please be a courteous neighbor and pay attention to their signs. The park has three oversize vehicle parking spaces for RV's and buses. Vehicles with trailers will be unable to park in these spaces and should use the playhouse lot subject to availability.

Park Grounds
Open sunrise to sunset for walking and hiking. 264 acres with 5 miles of trails. Click here for a trail map.

Bookstore
Open 9am - 5pm. Operated by Eastern National, the park's bookstore is located in the ground level of the Sandburg Home and offers a broad selection of Sandburg's works, goat milk fudge and cheese, bottled water and other merchandise.

Park Films
Available 9am - 5pm. The Video Room is located in the ground level of the Sandburg Home. Each film is 12 minutes or less. Enjoy an overview of the park with My Connemara or get a glimpse of Sandburg himself through an engaging interview with Edward R. Murrow from 1954.

Connemara Farms Goat Dairy
Open 9am - 5pm. The park raises goats that are descendents of the three breeds of goats Mrs. Sandburg raised at Connemara. Rangers and volunteers are on hand to share this facinating story about goats and Mrs. Sandburg's dairy goat operation.

 

Did You Know?

black and white photo of Carl Sandburg playing one of his many guitars

Carl Sandburg collected American folk songs from the time he was 19 years old. He published a book entitled "The American Songbag" from this collection and even learned a few chords on the guitar. He would entertain audiences after poetry recitals with his unique renditions of these songs.