Review of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in North Carolina

Intro to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Hi everyone.  It’s Tyler here from TheTravelingToddler.com.  As you know, we took a short driving tour through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee last year to see a number of attractions, including Congaree National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Biltmore House.  However, we also saw a number of less well known attractions, and today we’ll talk about Carl Sandburg Home in North Carolina (https://www.nps.gov/carl/index.htm).

Entrance sign to Carl Sandburg Home
Entrance sign to Carl Sandburg Home

 

Background

Carl Sandburg was one of America’s preeminent poets and authors and a three time winner of the Pulitzer Prize.  His home was the first author’s residence to be recognized as a National Historic Site.


 

Location

An easy, 45 minute drive from Asheville, North Carolina.

Cost

There is no fee to visit the grounds, but there is a charge for adults to tour the home.


 

Attractions

A 30 minute guided tour of the home, historical buildings, grounds, and goats descended from Sandburg’s wife prized collection are amongst the attractions here.  Other than the house tour, everything is self guided.

Carl Sandburg Home
Carl Sandburg Home

 

Toddler Tips

The house tour is a can’t miss for literature buffs, but not as interesting for toddlers.  We’ll enjoy walking around the grounds more, and especially enjoy meeting and petting the goats. 

Keep in mind that there is a steep half-mile walk from the parking area to the main house.  Otherwise the site is fairly accessible to toddlers and strollers.

Tyler meeting a goat at Carl Sandburg Home
Tyler meeting a goat at Carl Sandburg Home

 

Summary

In short, if you’re in the Asheville area and have easy access to a car, then it’s worth the 45 minute drive to Carl Sandburg house.  Expect to spend about 2-3 hours touring the house, walking the grounds, and playing with the goats.

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I have more information about other National Parks if you’re interested.

Thanks for reading.

Tyler@TheTravelingToddler.com

Have you ever visited the Carl Sandburg house?  Do you have any tips about visiting?  Leave your comments below.

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