Carl Sandburg Residential Rate Rise? Visit numbers?

Today’s bundle of burning questions, my smart answers, and the real deal:

Question: In a recent Citizen Times, there was an article regarding the Carl Sandburg House in Flat Rock. The article was about the possible increase in rates for visiting the house and reducing the number of people on a given visit. I visit this facility frequently, and think it is just fantastic. The parking lot is often packed. There are often figures cited regarding the number of visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I’m curious how many people visit the Sandburg facility each year and how many people visit the house. In addition, have the new tariffs come into effect? And, there is a new building coming out of the parking lot. It has a scene. How and when is it used? Could Answer Man please review this?


My answer: The Answer Man prefers to look in breweries and the like, where I always come in like fog, on cat paws. I tend not to leave so quietly, however.

real answer: Seriously, the Sandburg site is a gorgeous place to visit, primarily for the terrain and hiking up to Glassy Mountain, in my opinion. And the goats are also fun to watch.

The house is historic and beautiful, and it’s also worth a look.

Sarah Perschall, Manager of Visitor Services at the Carl Sandburg House, answered the reader’s questions.

“In 2019, 78,533 people visited the park,” said Perschall. “Of these visitors, 18,491 toured the house.”

Rates to visit the house increased in October, as expected. Adult tickets now cost $ 8 (a $ 3 increase), and they’re $ 5 for pass holders and seniors (a $ 2 jump). Plans still call for a fare increase by October 2020, with adult fares reaching $ 10, while pass holders and seniors will pay $ 6.

“We really haven’t had a hindsight on the increase,” Perschall said.

Now, regarding this new building with the stage, it is the new amphitheater in the park.

Visitors to the Carl Sandburg House tour the house as the park celebrated its 50th anniversary on November 24, 2018, with their Christmas in Connemara event featuring live music, storytellers and tours of the house.

“It replaced the one that was next to the house,” said Perschall, noting that the amphitheater is used throughout the year for a variety of programs. “In summer, plays take place from mid-June to mid-August in the morning with apprentice actors from the Flat Rock Playhouse; and special events are held there like the Folk Music Festival in May, and educational programs held throughout the year are just a few. “

In 2019, nearly 8,000 visitors attended a program at the amphitheater, she added.

Keep in mind that the park itself – including the goat barn, trails, special events, and shows – remains free to enter. In addition, children 15 and under can visit the house for free.

Known as “The People’s Poet,” Carl Sandburg was born in 1878 in Galesburg, Illinois, and went on to become one of America’s most famous authors. He won the Pulitzer Prize in history for his series on Abraham Lincoln.

He arguably rose to fame as a poet, winning the Pulitzer for Poetry in 1951.

In 1945 Sandburg moved with his family to Connemara Farm in Flat Rock, now called Carl Sandburg Home. Sandburg died at home in July 1967, at the age of 89.

Congress authorized the creation of the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in 1968, and the park has attracted thousands of people over the years. Anecdote: it was the first park to honor a poet.

This is the opinion of John Boyle. To submit a question, contact him at 232-5847 or [email protected]

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