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So You Want To Be Inspired? Do I have a destination for you! The Carl Sandburg Home near Asheville NC

Updated on February 19, 2019

"There is a place for me somewhere, where I can write and speak as much as I can think, and make it pay for my living and some besides." - Carl Sandburg

I named this "A Gate of Inspiration" located on the Carl Sandburg Estate. Walk through it with me.
I named this "A Gate of Inspiration" located on the Carl Sandburg Estate. Walk through it with me. | Source
Photo on the wall at the Sandburg Estate
Photo on the wall at the Sandburg Estate

What do 1,175,000 words, Abraham Lincoln, hiking, poetry and goat farming have in common with this gate? If your answer is unimaginable inspiration through authentic living by an icon of literature, journalism, poetry, activism and love, you would be correct. In short, I describe Carl Sandburg, his life and his estate, all National Historic treasures. This hub is inspired by a visit to his estate in Flat Rock, NC.

For any lover of American literature, even if you're as illiterate as I am, you would still know the name Carl Sandburg. Perhaps the most celebrated American Pulitzer Prize Winner, poet, journalist, writer and activist of our culture. His contribution to our country and genre go well beyond what we know of him. What I learned about him immediately impacted my life, so much so, my meager description here will be woefully inadequate. My hope is to sufficiently move you with this hub that you will decide now, to duplicate my day at some time in the near future. I promise you will never be the same. My perspective of literature, poetry, farming and life took an unexpected and profoundly inspirational turn.


An American Classic

My wife, Sophia, and I really enjoy hiking. Today was my turn to choose the place where we would meander through nature. Usually, it is Sophia who chooses our destination as she is much more the planner and outdoor enthusiast. Today, was somehow different and now I know why. Today, we would not only view nature, we would meet the legend and legacy of Carl and Lilian Sandburg at the National Historic site of their estate. Yes, I said, "Carl and Lilian". I'll explain why a little later.

I'm not much of a history buff and you would think that as an aspiring writer I would be more familiar with the literature associated with a symbol of American composition. Truly, I wish I had been. Better late than never and there was, indeed, much to see and learn. As you can see by the photo of the inscription to the right that Carl Sandburg was an expert biographer of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

Sandburg won one of his three Pulitzer Prize Awards for the 1,175,000 word, four volume set on the life and Presidency of Lincoln which it took 13 years for him to pen. Mr Sandburg was more than that though. His poetry, speeches, activism and even musicianship were renowned.

His Inspiration Goes Even Deeper

View of Connemara Farms Dairy on the Sandburg Estate
View of Connemara Farms Dairy on the Sandburg Estate | Source

Carl and Lilian (Paula) Sandburg

As I traversed the property I realized the magnitude of the man that had walked this land from 1945 until his death in 1967. What impressed me the most about the life of Carl Sandburg was the love and respect he showed for his wife, Lilian. The photo above is of Connemara Farms where Lilian Sandburg revolutionized the goat dairy industry. At its height of operation from 1946-1952, there were approximately 200 goats, many of which were champions. Carl Sandburg not only was a prolific American cultural icon, he encouraged his wife who had done the same for him in there early days in Chicago. Mrs Sandburg spent her time developing the farm and the goat industry in North Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. Sandburg were truly two of a kind in different fields and Carl credited his wife with their mutual success.

It is necessary now and then for a man to go away by himself and experience loneliness; to sit on a rock in the forest and ask himself,

A Little Imagination
A Little Imagination | Source

Who am I, where have I been and where am I going? - Carl Sandburg

The privilege of being inspired
The privilege of being inspired | Source

A Unique Privilege

If there is a luckier man on the face of this planet, I'd like to meet him, shake his hand and listen to his story. I have come to expect the unexpected whenever Sophia and I are together hiking. The experience of being on the grounds, walking, talking and soaking up the spirit of a couple who symbolized much of what we desire was somewhat overwhelming for me.

As a believer in the power of visualization to attract what we desire, seeing the Carl and Lilian Sandburg example firsthand was evidence that dreams do come true. No, I'm not delusional! I'm inspired to live life with fervor, to let whatever I can do take precedence over what I think I can't do and to work at something I enjoy as much as breathing!

As I sat in the chair and read, however momentarily it may have been, I realized that a comment made by Maharaja Prem Rawat was accurate. He teaches that with every breath there is potential and possibilities. If you would have told me that I would one day sit in a chair on the property of an American Classic like Carl or Lilian Sandburg, I probably would have laughed out loud. Things change, and so do people, especially with sufficient inspiration and or time.

I encourage you to believe in your dreams. They mean something to you and to the collective planetary community as well. Follow your passion, that voice that comes to you, most often from a place of which you are unaware. It may be faint, but you will know when you hear it. You will know when that voice says, "what are you waiting for, write it down." Perhaps one day someone will sit on or near a place where your spirit longs to encourage them to feel the potential and the possibilities.

Who Lives In Your House?

The Carl Sandburg House in Flat Rock, North Carolina
The Carl Sandburg House in Flat Rock, North Carolina | Source

Whose Voice Will You Be?

It is said that Carl Sandburg was the voice of those who didn't have the power to speak for themselves. Imagine what would have happened to the people he spoke up for if his voice was never heard. If Mr. Sandburg decided to keep his thoughts and his voice to himself, I for one would not have been inspired to continue with my desire to express myself.

Metaphorically, I walked through the gate of inspiration with the hope that I would only achieve the potential and possibilities of each breath and that would lead me to love what I do and live my life with the passion and fervor of a Carl Sandburg, no matter what it was I chose to do! If you love to write, then write with every ounce of passion you can muster!

I would encourage you to visit the Sandburg Estate, a National Historic Park, In Flat Rock, North Carolina about 30 miles southeast of Asheville.

Peace be with you my friends!

Carl Sandburgs Top 10 Quotes

Please know that your kind comments are always welcome!

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    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      9 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Nonna,

      I'm always grateful for your comments. They encourage me to continue what I'm doing. I was truly inspired by my visit and I know you would be too!

      Best regards,


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      Dee aka Nonna 

      9 years ago

      This so inspired me this morning. I am so very grateful that something brought me here to read this. I loved your statement "the privilege of being inspired" and, wouldn't it be so wonderful to live my dreams in such a way that long after I am gone my spirit will inspire others. I must visit this place you wrote about in such a touching way. Thank you for sharing... voted up and awesome.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      9 years ago from Asheville NC

      Oh Happyboomernurse, Thank you for your kind comments. When I read your comment it took me back to that day and the intense gratification I had for living! Granted, I was hiking with my wife which is special for me wherever we are, but oh my, what a place! I didn't get inside because I was mesmerized by the beauty and simplicity of the property and we ran out of time.

      I don't want to over-hype it, yet I think anyone who knows anything of Appalachia and Carl Sandburg should see this national treasure.

      If you do get into the area, feel free to contact me. My wife and I enjoy showing people a good time in our neck of the woods!

      Best Regards,


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      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow! This hub was a pure delight and such an inspiration. I'm bookmarking it and will add Carl Sandburg's Flat Rock Estate to my list of "must see' places.

      I love the photos that your wife took and agree that walks through nature and historical sites can raise our spirits and energy levels.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      9 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hello Mary!

      I'm so glad you liked it and of course, I am extremely grateful for your readership and I too, now, am a growing fan of Carl Sandburg! Needless to say I'll be returning to "Glassy Mountain to learn more of this great man and his legacy.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      9 years ago from Florida

      This is a beautiful Hub in every way! You put a lot of time and effort into this one, that's obvious. I have always admired Carl Sandburg. I enjoyed the video, too. Goodnight.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      9 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you Katrine!

      With each comment I become more aware of what I offer. I'm glad you liked it. Thank you for participating in my development as a writer and as a human being!

      Keep writing and be happy!:)

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      9 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Sweethearts2,

      I am so grateful for every comment and especially when I see hubbers who comment regularly. It just brings me a warm feeling to know there's a connection somehow!

      I do have a passion! There is beauty in every breath, even though I know there is a balance in life that doesn't always seem fair. I learned to see the yin and the yang as positive for my growth, no matter how much I failed to understand it!

      Keep on going! I sense that you are reaching up to the light of the heavens. It is a path of healing that will bring the newness of life to you!!!

      Thanks again and keep writing!

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      9 years ago

      Thank you for this wonderful article! Take care :-)

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      9 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Eloquent,interesting and of course inspiring. Sandberg a real inspiration for living life to the fullest. Your eloquence and passion and inspiration to explore all one can hope to be using "every ounce of passion you can muster!" is a real tribute to you and all who have inspired you. Voted up


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