The home where poet and author Carl Sandburg was born and its adjacent grounds containing a small park and garden are located at 331 East Third Street in Galesburg.
Next door is the Visitor's Center staffed whenever the birthplace is open. It contains a museum, gift shop and small theater where several informative videos about Carl Sandburg are shown. The museum contains hundreds of artifacts and displays appropriate for all ages.
The Carl Sandburg Historic Site is supported by the State of Illinois and the nonprofit Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association. The Association sponsors and participates in many activities throughout the year to honor and remember Carl Sandburg. These include the "Penny Parade" which brings schoolchildren to the site to have fun while learning about Galesburg's most famous son. The Association is a participating sponsor of the Sandburg Days Festival held every April. It hosts several band and folk music concerts held on the grounds in warmer weather and inside the Visitors Center in the fall and winter. These are free to members and guests.
The Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association planned and funded a perennial garden in the back yard. The plantings are appropriate to Sandburgs era and surround Remembrance Rock, where the ashes of Carl Sandburg and his wife, Lillian, are buried.
More about Carl Sandburg
Books and merchandise available from our gift shop
John Heasly's Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association website
Ryan Roberts' Carl Sandburg website
State of Illinois Historic Preservation Agency's Carl Sandburg Historic Site website