Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site – North Carolina

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
North Carolina

Senior Friendly

Completed: October 8, 2014

Carl Sandburg was a great American poet and author that did a good portion of his writing at his home in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. This site is as much about the outdoors as it is his home. The property includes a lake, hiking trails and farm buildings. His wife was well known for her work in breeding and raising goats, and goats still live on the farm. The parking lot is about a 1/4 mile from the home and visitor center. Guided tours are available of the home, but you can roam the grounds on your own.

This program is rated Senior Friendly as no upper age is given for completion. The booklet included activities for younger children, using a guitar symbol, and older children, using a typewriter symbol. The activities with the typewriter symbol includes; writing a short poem about nature, listing facts about someone you would a biography about, short answers about the house tour (optional), goat facts, short answers about songs, and a word search.

I enjoyed learning about the different breeds of goats. The activities were easy to complete during a visit to the the site, I appreciated that they explored the variety of writing that Carl Sandburg; poems, biographies and some songs. I learned that he collected and published a significant number of well-known songs. Exploring the barns and seeing the goats was fun.

WhenI completed the booklet it was reviewed by a ranger. I was given a certificate of completion, an enhanced badge with his portrait on it and a colorful patch with the same portrait.


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