Carl Sandburg State Historic Site


Lincoln author and poet Carl Sandburg was born in this modest three-room cottage on January 6, 1878. The home reflects typical living conditions of a late-nineteenth century working class family. Many of the furnishings once belonged to the Sandburg family. Behind the home is a small wooded park that features a simple memorial to the poet. Sandburg’s ashes were returned, as he had requested, to his Galesburg birthplace. They were placed in the park under a granite boulder called Remembrance Rock. Next to Sandburg’s birthplace is a visitor center which features a film about Sandburg and a variety of exhibits which recount important details of his life. 


Directions/Location: 313 East Third, Galesburg, Illinois. 50 miles north west of Peoria on I-74 and 120 miles from Springfield on I-74, I-155 and I-55.

Phone: 309-342-2361

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Sunday, 9:00-5:00

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