Saturday, July 10, 2010

Connemara Dairy Farms, Flat Rock

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.

All in all it is a very peaceful place to visit and you could easily spend the better part of a day here. For more information on the farm visit their web site here.
I am joining in on Camera Critters and Scenic Sunday so please visit the other great posts!


Snap said...

What a fun and interesting place! I had no idea the Mrs. raised goats! thanks so much for taking us with you....

We love Luna said...

Beautiful place with lots of cute animals!I love that easygoing cat and all beautiful flowers!
Happy weekend
purrs and love
Luna - We love Luna

eileeninmd said...

Nice visit to the dairy farm. I love all the farm animals.

cat said...

Great series of photos! I have a fondness for goats even though they smell kind of awful.

Carolyn Ford said...

What a cute place to spend a few hours...and, that giant sunflower rocks! Love it!

Old Kitty said...

Wow!!! What a lovely goat farm! And these goats are very special indeed! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics and info about this amazing farm. A definite national treasure!

Take care

noel said...


yes that is a a great view, i loved the goat farm tour and seeing the area, thanks for sharing your area...

my scenic view is on my plant fanatic site.

Anonymous said...

How peaceful a sight. Makes one glad to know that there are places like this. Please have a nice Sunday.

daily athens

Lesley said...

I checked out the link, thanks for including it. Had no idea this place existed, or that Carl Sandburg was from N Carolina!

AL said...

OH cute goats! I can see lots of them here but sometimes I'm afraid to touch them, but I do love to touch them.

Deb said...

looks like a fun place to visit..I love goats...

Evelyn said...

Looks like a fantastic place to spend a day.

Rosadimaggio63 said...

grande e bella casa.
Mi piacciono le case in legno in questo stile così americano.
Buona giornata :))


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