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Fog Comes Like Little Cat's Feet
As I peered out my bedroom window this morning I noticed there was a heavy blanket of fog which had settled over our mountain valley. Seeing this fog I was reminded of the poetry of Carl Sandburg. Mr Sandburg purchased a large farm in our county and lived here until his death.
A relative of mine was caretaker of the Sandburg estate during Sandburg's lifetime caring for the goat herd. The estate was named Connemara and includes several hundred acres of mountain properties encompasses the area just across from our state theater, The Flat Rock Playhouse. Formerly, this was the summer home of Captain Ellison Adger Smyth who founded Balfour Mills. Captain Smyth like many neighboring Flat Rock residents had built a summer home and lived in the area during the hot summer months escaping the balmy climate of Charleston, SC.
My great uncle, Ulysses Ballard, was also caretaker for General Smyth and lived in the tenement house hired my dad and some of his brothers to clear the pasture land to clear the trees and grub stumps. The estate of Sandburg is now in the National Registry and most if not all the buildings and property remain as they were when Sandburg was living.
The estate is open most of the year for visitors with walking trails and events held on site regularly including educational programs. Sandburg's poem that came into my mind stored so many years ago as memory work in an English class is short and captures his thought in such a special way on something so simple most will overlook the simplicity and consider a minor inconvenience.
THE fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on
Local musician Pat Corn rode his bike in the Flat Rock area and was a regular visitor to the Sandburgs while a high school student.
- Folk Music Festival planned at Connemara Memorial Day | BlueRidgeNow.com
FLAT ROCK -- The Folk Music Festival, created to preserve traditional folk music and honor Pulitzer Prize-winning author, poet and folk singer Carl Sandburg is planned for May 31 at Connemara, his home.
- Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
- Nubian goat twins first to be born this season at Carl Sandburg Home | BlueRidgeNow.com
FLAT ROCK - Conner and Cheri butted heads and frolicked about the barnyard at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site last week.