Carl Sandburg State Historic Site, Galesburg

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Carl Sandburg State Historic Site was the birthplace and boyhood home of author Carl Sandburg in Galesburg, Illinois, United States. It is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The site contains the cottage Sandburg was born in, a visitor center with a museum about Carl Sandburg, a museum shop, a small theater, and the rock under which he and his wife Lilian are buried.

The facility was closed to visitors as a result of budget cuts, but it is scheduled to reopen by July 1, 2009, as part of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's merger of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Carl Sandburg College is also in Galesburg, Illinois.

Sandburg's home of 22 years in Flat Rock, Henderson County, North Carolina is preserved by the National Park Service as the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.
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  • Make sure to check the visitor hours if you want to see the museum and his home. The guide was very friendly and helpful. Watched the 15 minute video and got a very good guided tour of the...  more »
  • We unfortunately ran into traffic and arrived after the visitor center had closed. However, it was interesting walking around the grounds and seeing the sculpture and Seeing the rock his ashes are...  more »
  • Very nice 👌 to see and learn
  • Great place to visit. I enjoyed the 88.7 FM radio station that broadcasts a biography of Carl Sandburg. If the place is not open you can walk about the grounds and look through the windows and get a great feel of what it was like when old Carl was born.

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