Name The Connemara Baby Goat Contest
9:00 am09:00

Name The Connemara Baby Goat Contest

  • Flat Rock Village Office

Join us at the Flat Rock Ice Cream Social to Name Our New Goat

There are some mighty proud chests out at the Sandburg barn with the arrival of the new kids on the block in 2017. Nettie gave birth to these two cuties on March 16.

Now they need a name - it is a little known fact that goats refuse to respond to "Hey, you." Come give us your best goat name on June 3 at the Ice Cream Social in Flat Rock Village.

Carl Sandburg's Hobo Days at the Depot
9:30 am09:30

Carl Sandburg's Hobo Days at the Depot

  • Historic Railroad Depot

The 1890s were a tough time to come of age for young men in America. Many left their small towns in search of work by hopping freight trains. Carl Sandburg was one of those youths, spending four months in his 19th year living the hobo life. That time would infuse Sandburg’s life and works ever after. For several years he would often forego the “inside ticket” and grab a ride on a freight train when traveling, even when he could afford it.
Passenger train service in Hendersonville began in 1879, one year after Carl Sandburg’s birth, and stopped in 1968, one year after his death. The current historic Craftsman-style depot was the second to be erected in the town and was completed in 1904. Sandburg had stopped hoboing by that time and whenever he got off the train here it was probably from a Pullman club car and not an open hopper car. He would no doubt recognize the station, however, as looking like many that he was run off of by station bulls, as the railroad police were called.

Learn about Carl Sandburg's days as a hobo
Learn about Hobo Nickels

There is no more appropriate venue to celebrate Sandburg in September than the historic Hendersonville Train Depot and the Friends and the Apple Valley Model Railroad Train Club have lined up a day of special activities that include:

  • Tours and discussion of the depot with types of trains Carl Sandburg once rode

  • Discussion of hoboes and life in the railyard

  • Hobo Nickel demonstration

  • Hobo Crafts for the Kids: shoebox banjos, comb harmonicas and more

Carl Sandburg Heritage Golf Tournament
10:00 am10:00

Carl Sandburg Heritage Golf Tournament

  • Kenmure Country Club

The first golf in Henderson County was played at Connemara Farms that would become the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Carl was no slouch at the game either, having helped teach Mark McCormack, Arnold Palmer's long-time friend and agent the game. Find out more about the history of golf in Henderson County and Carl Sandburg's game. 

The Carl Sandburg Heritage Golf Tournament is not "heritage" in name only. There will be on-course competitions that will give every golfer a chance to play with replica hickory clubs and golf balls just like those used by Carl Sandburg. And a "Best Dressed" competition for those who want to come play in period dress.

4 Team Competitions. 7 Individual Contests. $150 - $135 for Friends of Carl Sandburg members. Learn more.



Friends of Carl Sandburg Annual Meeting
2:00 pm14:00

Friends of Carl Sandburg Annual Meeting

  • Flat Rock Village Hall

Members and guests are invited to the Annual Meeting of the Friends of Carl Sandburg. The event will take place on Monday, April 3 at the Flat Rock Village Hall from 2-4PM

Presentations will include an update on the extensive house and barn restoration.  Steven Kidd, Chief of Resources and Facilities Management, will address the challenges of maintaining historic integrity while preserving several century-old structures.

Attendees will be introduced to John Flynn, the 2017 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence.  John credits his enthusiasm for the achievements of Carl Sandburg to his extensive travels and teaching overseas in Russia.

Refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling 828-674-2003