In August 2022, the front lake dam at Connemara failed, due to its original 1850’s construction style and some repairs made in the 1980’s. When the dam eroded, it washed away the park’s primary shuttle-stop being serviced by a golf cart. To use a new shuttle route from an alternative parking lot, the Friends of Carl Sandburg provided emergency funding for a shuttle van for several months.

The Friends then raised nearly $86,000 to buy and donate a new, accessible visitor shuttle van. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on November 28, 2023. The funds were raised with support from The Community Foundation of Henderson County with the Rudnick Endowment, The Village of Flat Rock, the Hunter Hometown Foundation, as well as numerous individual donors. Not only will this van be used while the front lake dam is re-designed and repaired, but will continue to provide a safe, comfortable way for visitors of all ages and abilities to access the park.  

The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site’s celebrated its 55th Anniversary on October 15. The free celebration was held at the park’s amphitheater and The Gathering Dark, a popular local band, entertained the during the festivities. Here’s to another 55 years!

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) …

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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