Flat Rock North Carolina Tourism - Carl Sandburg Home, His Life Achievements, Works

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.