After being a fan of the late Ms, O'Connor's writing since I discovered her in college, I was finally able to make it out to Milledgeville. It was a pilgrimage, so your value may vary depending on your pilgrim status, but few could deny that it is a lovely old farmland in a rustic setting.
One of the many glories of Flannery's writings was in her economy - very readable stories with variable interpretations covered in just a few pages. For that reason, I highly encourage others to dig out some reading prior to their visit or for the curious to pick a story or two out of "A Good Man Is Hard To Find". Then, when you see the dilapidated barn on the premises, you know it's not just a barn but the barn where the Bible salesman took the girl with the wooden leg. This simultaneous wave of emotions (pleasantness with a faint disturbing trace) makes one feel like they're living the fiction.
And of course the fiction came from inside the house. There wasn't a tour per de but just a minute-long speech and a suggestion to watch a brief video. There is honestly not much to see inside the house - it's more a place to feel. There's a gift shop in the back where you can be the first person you know with a Southern Gothic bumper sticker.
There are peacocks on the premises, a remnant of the days when Flannery had as many as 50 strutting their stuff. It's down to 3 now, and sadly they are caged but the guide says it's for their own good. It almost feels like a story.
As for the rest of the area, you can roam around, but we didn't, deciding to go into downtown to see her grave and her church. By all means grab a beautiful hand-drawn map of "O'Connor Country" inside the house, which gives you clear directions of everything you'd want to see in Milledgeville.
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