Flat Rock village is a small quiet town south of Hendersonville.
The main tourist attraction in Flat Rock is the Carl Sandburg's house. Many area schools take field trips to explore this historic site. It is especially exciting for children as there are goats and a barn to discover.
The Carl Sandburg house was in built 1838 and is a National Historic site. The homesite is a farm and commonly called Connemara. There is an information center with a film, self guided tour of house, outbuildings, a barn with goats and trails. At Christmas time, the house is decorated for the holidays. The home has furnishings from the 1950's era because this is the time that Carl Sandburg and his family lived here. See the living room, the study and the dining room. The house is maintained by the National Park system.
History and Brief Biography of Carl Sandburg - Life Timeline Achievements
Carl Sandburg was a writer, a biographer and a poet. He was best known for his poetry. He won 3 Pulitzer Prizes for his work. His best known work is the biography of Abraham Lincoln. Other works in include history, biographies, novels, children's literature, poetry and film reviews. Sandburg, also, raised champion goats on his farm in Flat Rock.
Born: January 1878 in Galesburg Illinois
Quit school at the age of 13 to work driving a milk wagon about1893
Work as a bricklayer and a farm laborer in Kansas
Attended Lombard College in 1903
His first job as a writer was a journalist for the Chicago daily news
Served in the military briefly in 1898 during the Spanish American War, but never saw combat
married in 1907, had 3 children
Served as secretary to the Mayor of Milwaukie from 1910-1912
1922 wrote Rootabaga Stories for children
1923 wrote Rootabaga Pigeons for children
1926 wrote the biography: Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years, a 2 volume set
1927 wrote The American Songbag
1940 wrote the The War Years which won the Pulitzer Prize
1951 wrote the Complete Poems which won a second Pulitzer Prize
1928 wrote the book of poems Good Morning, America
1930 wrote Potato Face for children
1947, Sandburg and his family moved to Flat Rock where he wrote more than a 3rd of his published works
Died: July 22, 1967 at the age of 89
Other Tourist Attractions in Flat Rock
Flat Rock Playhouse - NC state theater features the work of Carl Sandburg and other writers. It is located on US 25. Attend comedy, mystery and musical plays.
Oakdale Cemetery is located on US64 west. There is an angel statue in the cemetery that is referenced within Thomas Wolfe's book, Look Homeward, Angel. There is a fence around the statue to protect it. Plus, there is a historical marker on the highway nearby commemorating the spot.