“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Flat Rock in Henderson County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

A Home for Champions

A Home of Champions Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 12, 2008
1. A Home of Champions Marker
Inscription. Many visitors to this barn had little idea that a world-famous writer lived nearby, for they had come here to find out about raising dairy goats. Internationally known for breeding world-record milk producers, Mrs. Sandburg managed a herd of over 200 goats here in the years of 1945-1966.

Imagine how boisterous this barnyard was at feeding and milking time each morning and evening. Perhaps unusual for their time, Lilian and Carl Sandburg were life-long boosters for each other's chosen work. A graduate of the University of Chicago who had taught literature and expression, Lilian recognized Carl's talent for writing and always remained his steadfast supporter.

As his fame grew, Carl made sure that Lilian's expertise in goat genetics shared the limelight with his writing in the many articles published about the Sandburgs. Her success in improving and promoting dairy goats, he often said, was due to "genius, knowledge, and lighted enthusiasms."
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 35° 16.262′ N, 82° 26.961′ W. Marker is in Flat Rock, North Carolina, in Henderson County. Marker can be reached from Little River Road (State Highway 1127). Click for map. Carl Sandburg Home National
Carl Sandburg Barns image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 12, 2008
2. Carl Sandburg Barns
Mrs. Sandburg had a deep interest in goats and developed a prizewinning herd in Michigan, but the goat herd needed more room and a milder climate. Connemara was what Lilian Sandburg wanted-a place where her husband could write, and she could raise goats. Lilian Sandburg bred champions. She earned world fame for her dairy goats and for her work improving the herd's bloodlines and milk production. In 1952 the herd numbered over 200, and helpers milked 50 to 80 does twice a day. In 1960 top doe Jennifer ll produced 5,750 pounds of milk, averaging 205 gallons a day. She became the all-breed American champion in milk production and the world Toggenburg Champion.
Park. Marker is in this post office area: Flat Rock NC 28731, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glassy Mountain Trails (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Outdoor Inspiration (about 700 feet away); Connemara (approx. 0.3 miles away); Flat Rock (approx. 0.4 miles away); C.G. Memminger (approx. 0.9 miles away); St. John in the Wilderness (approx. 0.9 miles away); George A. Trenholm (approx. one mile away); Hendersonville War Memorial (approx. 3.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Flat Rock.
More about this marker. The marker is located near the Carl Sandburg barns.
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Carl Sandburg Historic site image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 12, 2008
3. Carl Sandburg Historic site
The farm still has goats.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 851 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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