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Carl Sandburg site reopens

FLAT ROCK — Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site re-opened to visitors on Thursday, one day after Congress passed and President Obama signed an agreement to end the 17-day government shutdown.

Visitor access has been restored to all public areas and facilities including the grounds, trails, barn and historic Sandburg home. The park has been closed since Oct. 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.

"We are excited happy to be back at work and welcome visitors to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Stie," said Superintendent Tyrone Brandyburg. "Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy all that western North Carolina and its national parks have to offer."

The park also celebrated its 45th anniversary Thursday. It was authorized on Oct. 17, 1968. Park officials said they welcome all visitors to come and enjoy the beautiful fall foliage now on display in the park, to reconnect with the dairy goat herd and to follow the footsteps of history on the trails.