Our Urgent Focus - Driving Towards Resolution

Last August the bridge at the front lake was closed due to several drainage issues. Access to the Sandburg house and barn was diverted to a trail around the lake. The Friends provided temporary van transportation for visitors unable to navigate the additional distance around the lakebed. While plans are being finalized to repair and restore the front lake dam and the bridge, we are reaching out to you for help so the Friends can continue providing this crucial transportation service for visitors. Please consider a donation to the Friends’ transportation cause. As always, thank you for any assistance you can give. Donations can be made on this website or by mail to P.O. Box 16, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

For more information about Park access, visit https://www.nps.gov/carl/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

For more information about Front Lake project, visit https://www.nps.gov/carl/planyourvisit/frontlakedam.htm

The Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, Inc. (FOCS) is an all-volunteer,  501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the National Park Service to promote, protect and preserve the legacy of Carl Sandburg. Click the video to hear more about the Friends, our mission, and how you can become a Friend, or (Click to read more) …

We hold and sponsor several fun events and activities for the whole family throughout the year, including Christmas at Connemara, monthly Writers Workshops, Sandburg Music Festival, Student Poetry Contest, and summertime singalongs in the amphitheater, plus support for the Connemara Farms goat herd. Click here and follow us on Facebook for upcoming events and more information.  (Click to read more) …

To learn more about visiting the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, including tours of the home and the life and works of Carl Sandburg,  click here to be directed to the National Park Service website.

Carl Sandburg, "The Poet of the People"

Carl August Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American poet, biographer, journalist, and editor. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was widely regarded as “a major figure in contemporary literature”, especially for volumes of his collected verse, including Chicago Poems (1916), Cornhuskers (1918), and Smoke and Steel (1920). He enjoyed “unrivaled appeal as a poet in his day, perhaps because the breadth of his experiences connected him with so many strands of American life”, and at his death in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson observed that “Carl Sandburg was more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America.


To learn more about Carl Sandburg, his works, and his family, click here to be directed to the National Park Service website.

Our many supporters both individuals and businesses who are committed to the Friends’ mission. They, through farsightedness and generosity, seek to ensure that the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will continue to be available for future generations.

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