Free “Christmas at Connemara” storytelling and music event, Dec. 16

Press release from Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site:

Carl Sandburg Home NHS will celebrate the final “Christmas at Connemara” of 2023 on Saturday, December 16, from 10am to 1pm. Free programs will take place in the Sandburg Home and garage.

Ronnie Pepper will inspire audiences with storytelling about heritage and holidays at 10am, 11am, and 12pm, in the house garage. Then, visitors will have the chance to make a globe ornament filled with special finds for the tree.

Steve and Ruth Smith will perform dulcimer music from 10am to 1pm in the park store / visitor center, located on the ground floor of the Sandburg Home.

Christmas at Connemara is supported by the National Park Service; the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara; Eastern National, the non-profit partner that operates the park store; and the North Carolina Arts Council.

In addition, tours of the Sandburg Home will feature holiday decorations in the simple style of the Sandburg family, with greenery, a Christmas tree, and poinsettias. The Sandburg Home will be decorated for the season through January 6, 2024. House tour tickets can be reserved at . Tours are at 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00. Due to the tour’s popularity, advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

A free park shuttle runs from the main parking lot on Little River Road to the farm area, Sandburg Home, and grounds. The shuttle operates on the days and times the Park Store/Visitor Center and Sandburg Home are open: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. These are also the only days that America the Beautiful and other nationwide park passes are sold in the visitor center. Otherwise, visit Recreational Passes | USGS Store

Access to the goat farm is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Visitors with mobility concerns are strongly urged to visit when the shuttle is running. For limited accessibility options on other days, visit Parking – Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.

Access to grounds, trails, and the farm is free. Leashed pets are allowed on trails and grounds. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For park updates and all parking options visit or follow the park on Facebook.

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