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Carl Sandberg's First Floor Office

Carl Sandberg’s First Floor Office

The house is situated on a hill overlooking a pond and the Blue Ridge Mountains, a picture postcard of a writer’s retreat.  The guided tour of the home reveals that a whole lot of reading went on here as well – books, books and more books!  Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are everywhere, brimming with books, many of them marked with multiple slips of paper, proof that they were read, not just collected.

Living Room

Living Room

The house feels as if the family may return at any moment, papers on the desks, slippers by the bed and kind of a comfortable chaos of reading material everywhere.

Dining Room with Little Used TV

Dining Room with Little Used TV

Obviously, Carl Sandberg’s passion was writing.  Lillian, his wife, developed an interest and expertise in raising dairy goat herds.  If there was a place where they could pursue these interests, while staying close to each other, this would be it.  They seemed to mutually respect and support each other in their endeavors, along with keeping quite different schedules!  Carl liked to write all night long, while the house was quiet, then go to bed in the early morning, when Lillian and the daughters would be heading out to the barns.

Upstairs Office

Upstairs Office

So in addition to lots of  books, there are also lots of goats to visit in the barn, many of them related to Lillian’s original herd.  We get to  see them up close and personal, no fences, etc.  just walk around the barn with them as they get ready to be fed.

Goat Barn

Goat Barn

Since it’s Friday night and we neglected to make reservations for the state park we were heading towards,  we check into nearby Lakewood RV Resort – an over 55 park, for the night.  Not wanting to feel old, we head for beer and pizza at a hip and happening restaurant in Hendersonville, West One.

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