Field Trip Friday: Carl Sandburg Home

 This past weekend we drove down to Flat Rock to visit the Carl Sandburg Home. It is part of the National Park Service, and the first  park to honor a poet. My main interest was in seeing the goat portion of the farm. Mrs. Sandburg was known for her prize winning goats and raised Nibians, Saanens and Toggenburgs.

The park service still raises goats on the land and they are descendents of the original Sandburg herd.  We got a demonstration on how to judge a goat, the barns were huge and beautiful. We talked with the ranger for awhile and actually ended up putting in a bid for their Nubian herd sire. The auction is on October 2, so we are crossing our fingers that we can get him, since he's top of the line genetically speaking.

We also took a tour of the house. And heard all about the history of the house, land and family. Books were everywhere inside!

This was the view from the front of the house....not a road in sight and absolutely beautiful. I can see how it would be a writer's paradise.

And this was the view from closer to the road looking up at the house. Almost equally as beautiful. 

Now it's your turn! Have you taken any fun and educational field trips lately? Come and share yours and take some time to see how others take learning out of the house! Please link directly to your post and don't forget to link back here so others can find us!


  1. I lived in WNC for 7 years and never made it to this place. Perhaps the next time we go for a visit we can take the kids there! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This looks like so much fun!! I love blogging about field trips. They are a welcome diversion from everyday life. :-) Thanks for your comment on my post - linked it up to yours! Have a great week!