In 1926, author and poet Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) and his family rented a summer home on Lake Michigan, near the town of Sawyer. Two years later, Sandburg purchased several lots in Harbert. His wife Lillian (1882-1977), whom he called Paula, designed and supervised construction of a beachfront three-story home that would become their year-round residence for the next seventeenth years. Sandburg rode the train from Harbert to Chicago to his office at The Chicago Daily Newsas needed. When he stayed up all night writing, Lillian left breakfast and coffee by his office door. While living near here Sandburg completed several books, including a book of poetry called The People: Yes, Stetchen the Photographer, and the Pulitzer Prize winning multi-volume set Abraham Lincoln: The War Years.