Country Barn In North Carolina
Red Barn on the Connemara Farms Goat Diary in North Carolina
Historical place museum in Flat Rock, North Carolina
393 Carl Sandburg Ln, Flat Rock, NC 28731
Internationally renowned as a goat breeder, Lilian “Paula” Sandburg was one of the outstanding pioneers of the American dairy goat industry. While her husband dedicated himself to a long literary career, Mrs. Sandburg enthusiastically pursued an ambition to raise and breed champion dairy goats. Her pursuit brought the family to Flat Rock, North Carolina in 1945, where she and their youngest daughter Helga established the Connemara Farms Goat Dairy. The family lived and worked in this tranquil, pastoral setting for 22 years, until Carl Sandburg’s death in 1967.
The production and sale of milk were secondary to Mrs. Sandburg, whose fundamental goal in raising dairy goats was the development of champion milk-producing stock. Through her scientific breeding methods she produced many champion animals and helped modernize the dairy goat industry, increasing its acceptance as a legitimate form of farming. The industry recognized her leadership in 1961:
To Mrs. Sandburg, in grateful recognition of your many years of service and devotion to the dairy goat industry, which have resulted not only in better dairy goats with higher production, but also in the development of the finest possible public relations program within the industry... We honor you, Mrs. Sandburg, as one of our outstanding breeders, whose leadership in the industry is unsurpassed.
Connemara Farms Today
Visitors to Connemara Farms can see dairy goats that are descended from Mrs. Sandburg's famous herd. She raised three breeds of dairy goats; Saanen, Toggenburg, and Nubian. Each breed can be seen in the herd today.
October 9th, 2021
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