I posted earlier about hiking the five miles of trails at Carl Sandburg's estate in Flat Rock. Today I want to share the animals I met on my trip there.
The estate consists of 264 acres with a working goat dairy farm. The home and land was designated as a National Historic Site in 1968 to honor Carl Sandburg's compelling collection of stories about the American people; their plights, struggles, joys and hopes as told through Sandburg's poetry, prose, journalism and biography. It is run now by the National Park Service.
They offer 30 minute house torus but we passed on that this day and opted to visit the dairy farm and hike one of the trails.
This little cat was sound asleep in the shade of the goat barn.
They also raise chickens - the same breed the Sandburg's had years ago.
Mrs. Sandburg owned and operated a premier goat dairy from 1935 to 1965. Here at Connemara the dairy became a Grade A operation, with milk being distributed to local dairies and sold in stores around the community. Mrs. Sandburg's goat breeding program produced champion goats and led to the improvement of goats as milk producing animals.
Visitors seemed to enjoy meeting the goats. The park service raises goats that represent the three breeds of goats Mrs. Sandburg raised at Connemara. Rangers and volunteers are on hand to share this fascinating story about goats and Mrs. Sandburg's dairy goat operation.
Out past the barn were lovely gardens of both flowers and vegetables. The hiking trail to Glassy Mountain begins here with lovely views at the top of the surrounding mountains.