What was Carl Sandburg's connection to the Appalachian Mountains?
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Carl Sandberg's home in Flat Rock, North Carolina was his physical connection to the Appalachian Mountains. According to the National Parks Service, the Illinois native and his wife Lillian (Paula) moved to Connemara in 1908 for a combination of practical and personal reasons. The couple had always wanted a "shack in the woods with a roof, four walls, three chairs (one for company), a hat rack, a bread box, and a bowl for wild flowers and a coffeepot." Moreover, the home provided for the large family's practical needs: a good amount of space, a goat pasture, and land for the family to explore. It also accommodated Sandberg's 15,000 book library and a perch on the second floor for his typewriter.
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