Carl Sandburg Home
Donna and I recently visited the home of poet Carl Sandburg outside of Asheville, NC. It is a beautiful and serene area, the perfect home for a writer. I highly recommend visiting; access to the grounds is free, and for a reasonable $5 fee you can have a ranger-led tour inside the house, which is pretty incredible, as it is pretty much in the state in which he and his wife left it, so you can really get a feel for how they lived.
Lake on the property
This little guy was perturbed that I was following him around with a camera.
Carl was known for his writing, but his wife was quite known for her craft as well - raising dairy goats. Several descendants of her herd still live on the grounds.
Just down the road from the Sandburg home is St. John's in the Wilderness Church, built in 1834.
It features a beautiful cemetery on hilly terrain with an abundance of old trees. There is also a section of slave graves:
And, of course, if you keep up with my travel posts, you know that we had to have a Cracker Barrel meal before heading home. :-)