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May 27, 2008
Flat Rock, North Carolina
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Carl Sandburg's home at Connemara in Flat Rock, NC

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This is Connemara, the former home of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Carl Sandburg. He and his wife moved to Flat Rock in 1945 and stayed for twenty-two years. The house is now managed by the Park Service. It preserves Sandburg’s belongings much as they were at the time of his death. Visitors can stroll across the grounds on over five miles of trails and can see a herd of goats that would have been much like the ones that Sandburg’s wife raised. Sandburg’s extensive book collection is still housed at Connemara, and it takes museum employees six full years to clean all of them. Cleaning prevents pests such as silverfish from damaging or destroying the books and other objects.