Flat Rock, one of the oldest resort towns in the state, was for more than twenty years home to poet-historian Carl Sandburg. You can visit Connemara, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, located west of Highway 25.
Sandburg’s works ranged widely from children’s books to stark political and social commentary, and his homesite offers insight into how he lived and worked. The home was built around 1838; Sandburg moved into it in 1945 with his wife and daughters. While he wrote, his family managed to maintain the home as a working goat farm.
The home has been largely preserved as it was when Sandburg died in 1967. More than 10,000 manuscripts, books, and notes are still scattered throughout the home.