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Proposed House Tour Fee Increases at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

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The National Park Service is seeking public comments for proposed increases to house tour fees. The increases will be the first since 2004.

A 30-day public comment period regarding the proposed increases opens on July 1, 2019 and a public meeting will be held on July 17, from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Village of Flat Rock Meeting Room, 110 Village Center Drive, Flat Rock, N.C. If approved, the new house tour fee structure would begin on October 1, 2019.

The park currently charges $5 for adults; and $3 for adults aged 62 and older and all pass holders. Children 15 and under are free. As proposed, new house tour fees would be raised incrementally: For tours beginning on or after October 1, 2019, the new costs would be $8 for adults; $5 for adults 62 and older, including all pass holders; Children 15 and under, free. On October 1, 2020, the costs would be: $10, adults; $6 for adults 62 and older, including all pass holders; Children 15 and under, free. These costs are in line with what other national park units charge for historic house tours. Visitors may incur a $1 online processing fee for each ticket.

House tour fees fund interpretive and preservation efforts in the house, including house tours, school programs, and exhibits; as well as curatorial support for the 50,000 museum objects on display in the house. The park doesn't charge an entrance fee. All other park features, including the goat barn, trails, special events, and performances are free and do not require tickets or reservations.

Comments can be also submitted: in person during business hours at the park bookstore in the Sandburg Home or at park headquarters; by mail, to CARL Proposed Fee Increase, c/o Superintendent, Carl Sandburg Home NHS, 81 Carl Sandburg Lane, Flat Rock, N.C. 28731; or by email to CARL_Administration@nps.gov with the subject line "CARL Proposed House Tour Fee Increase."

Comments will not be accepted by FAX or in any manner other than those specified above. Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted. Before including a personal address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information, anyone providing written comment should be aware their entire comment, including personal information, may be made publicly available at any time. While anyone wishing to comment may ask the National Park Service to withhold their personal identifying information from public review, the National Park Service cannot guarantee it will be able to do so. For more information please visit www.nps.gov/carl.

Additionally, to reduce crowding and to better protect park resources, the agency will adjust the house tour size from 15 visitors to 12. The change in tour size is due to visitor complaints about crowded tours and staff concerns about historic resources. To offset this change, the park will simultaneously implement recreation.gov, an online reservation system. These changes will begin on October 1, 2019.

Any tickets not sold in advance via recreation.gov will be available to walk-in visitors on a first come, first served basis. The online system will be the only way to make advanced house tour reservations. One dollar ($1) of each house tour ticket (walk-in or online) will go towards use of recreation.gov. The park will continue to offer eight tours per day, with additional tours added during periods of high visitation.

Contact Information
Superintendent Polly Angelakis
828-693-4178