The Carl Sandburg Historic Site
Galesburg, Illinois


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 Visitor’s 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 Sandburg’s era and surround Remembrance Rock, where the ashes of Carl Sandburg and his wife, Lillian, are buried.


Carl Sandburg

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




313 E. Third St.
Galesburg, Illinois 61401
(309) 342-2361
Open Daily 9-5

Send us E-Mail

Last modified 16 September 1999.