“It is necessary now and then for a man to go away by himself and experience loneliness; to sit on a rock in the forest and to ask of himself, ‘Who am I, and where have I been, and where am I going?’” -Carl Sandburg
This week the National Park Getaway series of travel articles brings us to a property with fields, woodlands, lakes, and ponds: the grounds of a white house with gables, tall windows, and a spacious front porch. Here, there’s charm, serenity, and solitude. This home boasts comfort and coziness, yet also proximity to nature. It’s a place for families and for individuals, the setting conducive to leisurely rambles that allow the mind to wander as well, exploring the territories of introspection and creativity.This week’s Getaway destination is Carl Sandburg’s Home National Historic Site.Carl Sandburg’s Home is one of your 394 national parks. Picture to left is a view from the grounds, (NPS/Jennifer Mummart).Each week, National Park Getaways help people discover places to reconnect with nature, history, family, and friends. From the website above, you can access an archive with 103 previous Getaway articles.After a tour of the home, you can visit the barn and enjoy the company of some very personable goats from the Connemara Farms herd. Not only was Mrs. Sandburg a champion for her husband’s writing, Lilian “Paula” Sandburg achieved national and worldwide recognition for her breeding program with dairy goats. Mrs. Sandburg developed her goats into a nationally recognized herd of top milk producers. Descendants of the original herd are still kept on the farm. If you visit in the spring, plan to spend time basking in the sun while watching the baby goats frolic in the barnyard.
To round out your day, there are many other activities. Take a self-guided tour of the historic buildings on the property, hike over five miles of easy-to-moderate trails, enjoy wildlife and tranquility while strolling the grounds, or bring a journal and write on the flat rock behind the house, where Sandburg himself found inspiration. If you are up for a little more adventure, hike to the top of Glassy Mountain and enjoy a spectacular view of western North Carolina. In the summer, you can enjoy a variety of special programs, including ranger talks and walks and live performances of Sandburg’s works. His home offers beauty, peace, and enjoyment to everyone.