June 11, 2011

Carl Sandburg's home in North Carolina

Some photos from the Carl Sandburg historic home in Flat Rock, NC. If you have a chance, don't miss it, it's lovely. We went there on a sad day for our family, my mother-in-law having passed away, and it was the perfect place to go to celebrate her life - she loved the outdoors fiercely, camping and hiking for years, canoeing and kayaking, never one to say no to an adventure, and she loved literature, evident in her career as a librarian. She loved the Sandburg place as well, one of the last times my husband spent with her was walking around the lake on the property.
Carl Sandburg's wife raised goats and there are still goats on the farm - these darling babies did not mind our honeying about them at all. The adult goats were all very calm, used to visitors, accepting a petting very graciously. Walking around the lake we spied all sorts of beautiful flowers - including a jack-in-the-pulpit plant, and turtles sunning on rocks, but my favorite sight was one my sister-in-law pointed out - the footprints on the wooden walkway of the wet dog who had been swimming in the lake.


hip-chick said...

thanks for all the info. If I ever get to that area that is one place I would definitely want to visit. He has long been one of my very favorites. You have inspired me to get to the Robert Frost home here in N.H. I have always wanted to visit there but never get around to it.

WOL said...

I like his taste in houses, and yards. That footprints on a bridge cries out to be embellished. I like Sandburg well enough, but I must confess, I like Frost better. To me, Frost's writings are very like Andrew Wyeth's paintings -- for pretty much the same reasons.

Susan said...

I know someone who won a poetry residency at his home (Frost) and said it was pretty cool. I need to get myself up to Hartford, CT because I have always wanted to see Mark Twain's house and it really is only a half a day's drive away...

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