Historic Sites and Tours

Carl Sandburg Home

 During your visit make time to visit the Carl Sandburg Home in nearby Flat Rock. Explore the home and grounds of the famous poet and meet the descendants of Mrs. Sandburg's herd of dairy goats.  Admission to the grounds is free and there is a small admission charge to tour the house.  Walking paths and beautiful scenery can be found throughout the property.

Thomas Wolfe Angel

Author Thomas Wolfe’s first novel was Look Homeward, Angel. In the book there are constant references to an angel statue carved from Italian marble. This is the angel Wolfe placed in American literature. Thomas Wolfe’s father, W.O. Wolfe, sold the statue to the Johnson family to mark the family plot in Oakdale Cemetery. The angel is holding a lily in her left hand and extending her right hand upward. Oakdale Cemetery is located on Hwy. 64 W., just a short distance from downtown. The statue is protected by a wrought iron fence, and there is a historical marker located on the highway.